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"Never knew him to volunteer to do a thing before," declared Max.

In 1792, he enlisted as a volunteer; and in a year he was general of brigade.

Hers is the only army into which no man can be forced, and in which every man is a volunteer.

Is my life any more precious than yours, or that of some volunteer Army pilot?

There's Charley going out as a volunteer to India, for what or why no one can say.

But Warren had come as a volunteer, and asked where he should go.

He came as a volunteer, knew his risk, and was prepared to die.

You also must believe so, who are here as a volunteer in Russia.

It was able to secure the services of a volunteer travelers' aid society.

After the match was over, Henry might volunteer to black his eye for him, but that was a side issue.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "one who offers himself for military service," from Middle French voluntaire, noun use of adj. meaning "voluntary," from Latin voluntarius "voluntary, of one's free will" (see voluntary). Non-military sense is first recorded 1630s. The verb is first recorded 1755, from the noun. Tennessee has been the Volunteer State since the Mexican War, when a call for 2,800 volunteers brought out 30,000 men.

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