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"volunteer" in British English

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volunteernoun [C]

uk   /ˌvɒl.ənˈtɪər/  us   /ˌvɑː.lənˈtɪr/
B2 a ​person who does something, ​especiallyhelping other ​people, ​willingly and without being ​forced or ​paid to do it: The Health ​clinic is relying on volunteers to ​run the ​office and ​answer the ​phones. Since it would be a ​highlydangerousmission, the ​Lieutenantasked for volunteers. It's a volunteer ​army with no ​paidprofessionals.
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volunteerverb

uk   /ˌvɒl.ənˈtɪər/  us   /ˌvɑː.lənˈtɪr/
C1 [I or T] to ​offer to do something that you do not have to do, often without having been ​asked to do it and/or without ​expectingpayment: [+ to infinitive] During the ​emergency many ​staff volunteered towork through the ​weekend. He volunteered for the ​army (= he ​joinedeven though he did not have to). I volunteered myself for the ​position of Health and Safety ​Representative.humorous My ​friends volunteered me to do the ​talking. [T] to give ​information without being ​asked: If I were you, I wouldn't volunteer any ​details of what ​happened. [+ speech] "I ​saw her going out of the ​mainentrancehalf an ​hour ago," he volunteered.
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volunteernoun [C]

 us   /ˌvɑl·ənˈtɪr/
a ​person who does something, esp. for other ​people or for an ​organization, ​willingly and without being ​forced or ​paid to do it: The ​charity relies on volunteers to ​run the ​office and ​answer the ​phones.

volunteerverb [I/T]

 us   /ˌvɑl·ənˈtɪər/
to do something, esp. for other ​people or for an ​organization, ​willingly and without being ​forced or ​paid to do it: [+ to infinitive] During the ​emergency a lot of ​people volunteered to ​work through the ​night. [T] Three ​physicians volunteered ​theirservices.
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"volunteer" in Business English

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volunteernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌvɒlənˈtɪər/
a ​person who does a ​job or some ​work without being ​paid or ​forced to do it: They ​employ 1,000 ​people and 23,000 volunteers. I will ​ask for volunteers to ​help with the ​search.

volunteerverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˌvɒlənˈtɪər/
to ​offer to do something without being ​paid for it or without being ​asked to do it: If they're ​short of ​helpers, I could volunteer.volunteer to do sth I volunteered to do the ​accounting.volunteer for sth He volunteered for early ​retirement.volunteer sb for/to do sth He volunteered his wife for the ​job. More ​residents need to ​stepforward and volunteer ​time and ​energy.

volunteeradjective

uk   us   /ˌvɒlənˈtɪər/
used to describe someone who ​works without expecting ​payment, or the ​work they do: volunteer ​staff/​workersa volunteer doctor/firefighter/lawyer The ​legaladvicecentres are ​staffed by volunteer ​lawyers. Her volunteer ​work took up most of her ​freetime.
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