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verb volunteer pronunciation in American English /ˌvɑlənˈtɪr/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyvolunteer
he/she/itvolunteers
present participlevolunteering
past tensevolunteered
past participlevolunteered

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to offer or choose to do something without being forced
    volunteer to do something:

    An accountant volunteered to help with the wildlife sanctuary's accounts.

    volunteer for:

    Thirty-two patients volunteered for the research study.

    volunteer your services (as something):

    I volunteered my services as a cook.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to do some work without getting paid

    Claire volunteers at the homeless shelter once a week.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something, or to give information without being asked
    volunteer that:

    Martha volunteered that they planned to adopt a child.

    volunteer information/a suggestion/an opinion:

    He didn't ask me, and I didn't volunteer any information.

  4. 5
    [transitive] to say that someone else will do something before asking them if they are willing to do it

    My mother has volunteered me to help with the school play.

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