volunteer

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. enlister; offerer. —v. enlist; offer, proffer; give, donate. See will, undertaking.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. enlistee, enlisted man, voluntary soldier, unpaid worker, charity worker, missionary, aide.
v.
1. [To make a proposal]
Syn. suggest, offer, bring forward; see propose 1 .
2. [To offer one's services]
Syn. come forward, enlist, sign up, submit oneself, avoid conscription, take the initiative, present oneself, offer oneself, do on one's own volition, do of one's own free will, do on one's own authority, take the initiative, take upon oneself, speak up, stand up and be counted, go in*, chip in*, do on one's own hook*, take the bull by the horns*, stand on one's own feet*, take the bit between one's teeth*, paddle one's own canoe*, take the plunge*; see also join 2 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
offer, sign up, donate one s services, step up, come forward, present, proffer, tender, contribute.
ANT.: *go kicking and screaming, resist, refuse
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun Someone who offers his or her services freely: voluntary. See WILLING, WORK. II verb To put before another for acceptance: extend, offer, present2, proffer, tender2. Idioms: come forward with, lay at someone's feet, lay before. See OFFER.

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