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adjective     voluntary pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    a voluntary action is done because you choose to do it, and not because you have to

    The advertising of alcoholic drinks is regulated by a voluntary code.

  2. 2
    voluntary work is done for no pay

    My job at the hospital is purely voluntary.

    on a voluntary basis (=without being paid):

    All the teachers work on a voluntary basis.

    1. a.
      a voluntary worker receives no pay. Another word for a person who works for no pay is a volunteer.
  3. 3
    biology a voluntary movement or decision is controlled by the person who makes it
  4. 4
    a voluntary organization does important work for the community but is not part of the official government services, and usually has to raise all its money by itself

    the voluntary sector

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     voluntarily pronunciation in American English
/ˌvɑlənˈterəli/ adverb

Did he do it voluntarily, or did you make him?

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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