Definition of enlist in English:

enlist

Syllabification: en·list
Pronunciation: /inˈlist
 
, enˈlist
 
/

verb

1Enroll or be enrolled in the armed services: [no object]: he enlisted in the army [with object]: hundreds of thousands of recruits had been enlisted
More example sentences
  • We lost all contact, but as it happened we both enlisted in the armed services the moment we turned eighteen.
  • During the Civil War he enlisted in the Union army in the 20th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
  • He survived the Great Depression and enlisted in the US Army when the Second World War broke out.
Synonyms
join up with, join, enroll in, sign up for, volunteer for
recruit, call up, enroll, sign up;
draft, induct
archaic levy
1.1 [with object] Engage (a person or their help or support): the company enlisted the help of independent consultants
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  • He ordered me to enlist Wallace's support for one of his regular press conferences.
  • In May 1982 Sharon he flew to Washington to enlist President Reagan's support.
  • Anyway I secured the bid and enlisted Alex's help cleaning up the school as well.
Synonyms
obtain, engage, secure, win, get, procure

Origin

mid 16th century (formerly also as inlist): from en-1, in-2 'in, on' + list1, perhaps suggested by Dutch inlijsten 'put on a list'.

Derivatives

enlister

noun
More example sentences
  • As an enlister in the army during World War I, he saw no action because the war ended shortly after he arrived at camp for training.
  • He was still there in 1797 as he served an additional 6 months as an enlister for the Loyal Nottingham Foresters from November 1796 to April 1797.

enlistment

noun
More example sentences
  • Let us remember that almost one-third of those now entering military service fail to complete their initial enlistments.
  • However, too many service members leave the military at the end of their initial enlistment to take advantage of the benefits.
  • That policy forces troops to continue serving in the military even after their enlistments have ended.

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