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"voluntary" in British English

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voluntaryadjective

uk   /ˈvɒl.ən.tər.i/  us   /ˈvɑː.lən.ter.i/
C1 done, made, or given ​willingly, without being ​forced or ​paid to do it: She does voluntary work for the ​Red Cross two ​days a ​week. They ​chose to take voluntary redundancy. voluntary workers A voluntary ​organization is ​controlled and ​supported by ​people who give ​theirtime and ​money to it without being ​paid, and that ​exists to ​help other ​people: The ​hospital has ​askedvarious voluntary organizations to ​helpraisemoney for the new ​operatingtheatre. the voluntary sector

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voluntarily
adverb uk   /-trəl.i/  us   /-ter.əl.i/
(Definition of voluntary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"voluntary" in American English

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voluntaryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈvɑl·ənˌter·i/
done, made, or given ​willingly, without being ​forced or ​paid to do it: Employees can make voluntary ​contributions to the ​savingsplan of up to 25% of ​theirearnings. Karyn ​leads after-school ​workshops that ​studentsattend on a voluntary ​basis.
voluntarily
adverb  us   /ˌvɑl·ənˈteər·ə·li/
She voluntarily gave up her ​lunchbreak to ​supervise the ​lab.
(Definition of voluntary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"voluntary" in Business English

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voluntaryadjective

uk   us   /ˈvɒləntəri/
done, made, or given without being ​forced or ​paid: Currently, ​recall of ​products is voluntary. Any ​staffreductions will be made on a voluntary ​basis.voluntary service/work She does voluntary ​work in several hospitals.
used to describe an ​organization that is ​supported by ​people who give their ​time and ​money to it without being ​paid, and that exists to ​help other ​people: He ​works in the voluntary ​sector. It is an ​independent voluntary ​organisationprovidingmoneyadvice.
voluntarily
adverb
Did she ​leave voluntarily?
(Definition of voluntary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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