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Daily Word (9 December 2014)


| ˌvɒlənˈtɪə |


  • noun
    • a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task
      • a person who freely enrolls for military service rather than being conscripted, especially a member of a force formed by voluntary enrollment and distinct from the regular army
      • a plant that has not been deliberately planted
    • a person who works for an organization without being paid
      • (in law) a person to whom a voluntary conveyance or disposition is made
  • verb
    • [no obj.] to freely offer to do something
      • [with obj.] to offer (help) freely
      • [reporting verb] to say or suggest something without being asked
      • [with obj.] to commit (sb.) to a particular undertaking, typically without consulting them
    • [no obj.] to work for an organization without being paid (as noun volunteering)


Late 16th century (as a noun, with military reference): from French volontaire (“voluntary”). The change in the ending was due to association with -eer.

In Other Languages

  • Bahasa Indonesia:
    • sukarelawan (noun)
    • bersuka rela (verb)
    • sukarela (adjective)
  • بهاس ملايو:
    • سوكاريلاون (sukarelawan) (noun)
  • Cebuano: boluntaryo
  • Deutsch:
    • der Freiwillige (noun)
    • anbieten (verb)
  • Español:
    • el voluntario (noun)
    • ofrecerse (verb)
  • Filipino: kusang-loob (adjective; voluntarily)
  • Français:
    • bénévolevolontaire (noun and adjective)
    • se porter volontaire (verb)
  • 한국어:
    • 지원자 (jiwonja) (noun)
    • 자진하여 하다 (jajinhayeo hada) (verb)
    • 자발적인 (jabaljeog-in) (adjective; voluntarily)
  • Italiano:
    • il volontario (noun)
    • offrirsi volontario (verb)
    • volontario (adjective; voluntarily)
  • ភាសាខ្មែរ: អ្នកស្ម័គ្រចិត្ត (anak smkrochet) (noun)
  • Latino:
    • voluntarius (noun)
    • liceor, licitor (verb)
  • မြန်မာဘာသာ: စေတနာ့ ဝန်ထမ်း
  • 日本語:
    • 有志 (ゆうし) (noun)

    • 進み出る (すすみでる) (verb)

  • ພາສາລາວ:
    • ຜູ້ອາສາສະໝັກ (phu asasamak) (noun)
    • ສະຫມັກ (samak) (verb)
  • ภาษาไทย:
    • อาสาสมัคร (xās̄ā s̄mạkhr) (noun)
    • ขันอาสา (K̄hạnxās̄ā) (verb)
  • தமிழ்: தன்னார்வ (taṉṉārva)
    • ஆர்வ ஊழியர் (ārva ūḻiyar) (noun)
    • மேற்கொள் (mēṟkoḷ) (verb)
  • Tiếng Việt:
    • quân tình nguyệnchí nguyện quân (noun)
    • tình nguyện (verb)
  • 中文:
    • 志願者 / 志愿者 (zhìyuàn zhě) (noun)
    • 志願 / 志愿 (zhìyuàn) (verb)
    • 志願的 / 志愿的 (zhìyuàn de) (adjective; voluntarily)


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