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volunteer

noun [C]     /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. → Compare conscriptCharity organizationsGenerous and charitableFreedom to actOpportunity
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