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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: volontaire, from Latin voluntarius; VOLUNTARY1

volunteer

1 noun
     
vol‧un‧teer1 [countable]
1 someone who does a job willingly without being paid:
Most of the relief work was done by volunteers.
2 someone who is willing to offer help:
I need some volunteers to help with the washing-up.
3PM someone who joins the army, navy, or air force without being forced to [↪ conscript]
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