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1. Law
a. a person who does some act or enters into a transaction without being under any legal obligation to do so and without being promised any remuneration for his services
b. Property law a person to whom property is transferred without his giving any valuable consideration in return, as a legatee under a will
a. a plant that grows from seed that has not been deliberately sown
b. (as modifier): a volunteer plant
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a person who voluntarily enters military service. In several countries the system of volunteers was the basic means of army recruitment—for example, in Great Britain before World War I (1914-18)—before the introduction of universal military obligation. In the 18th century and the first half of the 19th, volunteer battalions and regiments existed in Austria-Hungary, France, and Italy that had joined the ranks of the regular army. In the second half of the 19th century the system of volunteers lost its significance in most states; it is still a means of army recruitment in Great Britain (since 1961) and serves as a supplement to the regular army in certain other states, particularly in time of war.



a serviceman in the Russian or foreign armies who would voluntarily enter military service on terms that were advantageous to him after having received a higher or secondary education (in Russia, also before completion of secondary education). The features of volunteer service that distinguish it from regular army duty included a shortened duration of service and of the time required for promotion in rank, the right to live on one’s own income outside the barracks, and the obligation to take an examination at the conclusion of service for the rank of junior officer in the reserves(in Russia, warrant officer).

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Voluntary work should be regarded as a national priority and a valuable addition to government policies to improve the living conditions of the less privileged.
Julie added: "I believe my history of voluntary work helped me to get my present job at the L1 Partnership.
She said the Zayed Charity Initiative has set an excellent example of voluntary work within the UAE and beyond.
The symposium aims to identify and develop future prospects of voluntary work in the Sultanate.
Maitha Al Habsi, Director of Takatof, said, "It's a great opportunity to build relations between both organisations to support the culture of voluntary work in the community, especially during Ramadan."
Bahrain University head of student council Abdulla Shawqi Al Mannai said voluntary work reflects societies' progress, noting that youngsters should adopt such humanitarian habits.
Khartoum, Sept.7(SUNA)-President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir met Saturday at the Guest House the members of delegation of the Arab Union for Voluntary Work who presented to him the Union's initiative on establishing Al-Bashir's Prize on Voluntary Work which would be awarded annually at the Arab World level and would be elevated to an international prize next year.
Muscat: Shaikh Mohammed bin Said al Kalbani, Minister of Social Development, received here yesterday Kawthar Zarwali, Director of the UN Volunteer Programme and Panel Member of the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Voluntary Work.
A Emirates Voluntary Association team is participating in the event, which is being organised by Lebanon's National Volunteer Centre in cooperation with the Arab Union for Voluntary Work under the patronage of the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri.
The event was held at the entertainment venue in Spon Street in the city centre, to honour young people who did voluntary work as part of the government's millennium volunteers scheme.
Talks focused on co-operation to promote voluntary work. Mr Al Falasi commended the initiatives of Shaikh Isa to promote voluntary work in Bahrain, the GCC and Arab region.
KUWAIT, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah has announced that the Ministry of Youth Affairs has completed a study for the first phase of the national voluntary work plan.

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