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adjective voluntary pronunciation in British English /ˈvɒlənt(ə)ri/

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  1. 1
    a voluntary action is done because you choose to do it, and not because you have to
    Some 30,000 workers took voluntary redundancy.
    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.

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 voluntary pronunciation in British English /ˌvɒlənˈteərɪli/ adverb
Did he do it voluntarily, or did you make him?


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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