From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishvoluntaryvol‧un‧ta‧ry1 /ˈvɒləntəri $ ˈvɑːlənteri/ ●●○W3AWL adjective1WILLINGa)SSOFREE/COST NOTHING voluntary organization/association/agency etc an organization etc that is organized or supported by people who give their money, services etc because they want to and who do not intend to make a profit → volunteera voluntary organization providing help for the elderlyenvironmental work carried out by the voluntary sectorb)voluntary work/service etc work etc that is done by people who do it because they want to, and who are not paidShe does a lot of voluntary work for the Red Cross.a drop-in centre for homeless people, run on a voluntary basis2WILLINGdone willingly and without being forcedWorkers are being encouraged to take voluntary redundancy. →compulsory3technicalHBAHBHvoluntarymovements of your body are controlled by your conscious mind opp involuntaryCOLLOCATIONSnounsa voluntary organization/group/body/agencyThe day care scheme was run by a voluntary organization.the voluntary sector (=voluntary work and the people involved in it)What is the role of the voluntary sector in sport?voluntary work/serviceHe does voluntary work with young offenders.phraseson a voluntary basisGuide and Scout leaders work on a voluntary basis.
voluntaryvoluntary2 noun (plural voluntaries) [countable]APMa piece of music played in church, usually by the organ
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voluntary• Where there is adequateequipment, consideration should be given to the use of pre-recorded hymnaccompaniments and voluntaries.From Longman Business Dictionaryvoluntaryvol‧un‧ta‧ry /ˈvɒləntəriˈvɑːlənteri/ adjective1done or agreed to willingly and without being forcedHe suggested that workers take voluntary pay cuts to help the economy.Cigar advertising on television is banned under a voluntary agreement.The company was wound up on a voluntary basis.2voluntary work/service etc work etc that is done by people who do it because they want to and are not paid, or are paid very littleIn her spare time, Elaine does voluntary work for a mental health charity.