Definition of 'voluntary'

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Voluntary work is available and is recognised as part of your final degree. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Try voluntary work or go for a walk or swim. The Sun (2016)Some companies did make voluntary contributions, though. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Voluntary work you do in your spare time for a local team or group of actors could have a surprising and lucky outcome. The Sun (2016)How about voluntary work or swimming, dancing or running? The Sun (2016)If you want to make new friends, a shared interest can help and voluntary work is a great way to meet people. The Sun (2016)Doing some voluntary work would give you a new perspective, make you feel worthwhile and help with your CV to land a good job. The Sun (2016)Many restaurants make it clear that the service charge is voluntary. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We expect staffing to reduce and we hope this will be delivered on a voluntary basis. The Sun (2010)These same considerations apply to ministers who have elected voluntary withholding of their taxes. Christianity Today (2000)We are totally reliant on voluntary donations. The Sun (2008)This does not mean that all voluntary affirmative action programs will be upheld by the courts. Tompkins, Jonathan Human Resource Management in Government (1995)Those firms make voluntary contributions to racing from their offshore activities. The Sun (2016)It can offer advice and support to you and your mother and suggest local voluntary organisations. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Other nations have had active voluntary associations. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is a technology which needs to evolve on a voluntary basis. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Doing voluntary work can also boost your social life. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Relatives claim he did not want to make a supposedly voluntary donation from it to the union. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They demanded voluntary action a year ago but finally lost patience yesterday. The Sun (2008)The treatment was free and supported by voluntary contributions. Max Arthur Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 19011910 in the words of the Men & Women Who Were There (2006)It would also be useful to find out about statutory and voluntary services for young people in your area. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Voluntary workers tend to be local and have the credibility to engage with people, not problems. Times, Sunday Times (2008)In voluntary aided schools, a majority are appointed by the church or religious body. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Instead, ministers will attempt to make it easier to fire bad workers by encouraging voluntary settlements. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We do not know what happens in voluntary aided schools and how it is decided whether or not a particular applicant is offered a place. Times, Sunday Times (2009)

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Translations for 'voluntary'

British English: voluntary /ˈvɒləntærɪ; -trɪ/ ADJECTIVE
Voluntary is used to describe actions and activities that you do because you choose them, rather than because you have to do them.
...classes where attendance is voluntary.
  • American English: voluntary
  • Arabic: طَوْعِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: voluntário
  • Chinese: 自愿的
  • Croatian: dobrovoljan
  • Czech: dobrovolný
  • Danish: frivillig
  • Dutch: vrijwillig
  • European Spanish: voluntario
  • Finnish: vapaaehtoinen
  • French: volontaire
  • German: freiwillig
  • Greek: εθελοντικός
  • Italian: volonario
  • Japanese: 自発的な
  • Korean: 자발적인
  • Norwegian: frivillig
  • Polish: dobrowolny
  • European Portuguese: voluntário
  • Romanian: voluntar
  • Russian: добровольный
  • Spanish: voluntario
  • Swedish: frivillig
  • Thai: โดยสมัครใจ
  • Turkish: gönüllü
  • Ukrainian: добровільний
  • Vietnamese: tình nguyện


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