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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, especially helping 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 highly dangerous mission, the Lieutenant asked for volunteers. It's a volunteer army with no paid professionals.
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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 expecting payment: [+ to infinitive] During the emergency many staff volunteered to work through the weekend. He volunteered for the army (= he joined even 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 main entrance half an hour ago," he volunteered.

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(Definition of volunteer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"volunteer" in American English

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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 their services.
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"volunteer" in Business English

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volunteernoun [C]

uk   /ˌvɒlənˈtɪər/ us  
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   /ˌvɒlənˈtɪər/ us  
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 step forward and volunteer time and energy.

volunteeradjective

uk   /ˌvɒlənˈtɪər/ us  
used to describe someone who works without expecting payment, or the work they do: volunteer staff/workersa volunteer doctor/firefighter/lawyer The legal advice centres are staffed by volunteer lawyers. Her volunteer work took up most of her free time.
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(Definition of volunteer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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