Definition of enlist in English:

enlist

Line breaks: en¦list
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈlɪst
 
, ɛn-/

verb

1Enrol or be enrolled in the armed services: [no object]: he enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service [with object]: hundreds of thousands of recruits had been enlisted
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  • 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; join, enrol in, sign up for, volunteer for
British archaic take the King's shilling
recruit, call up, enrol, sign up; mobilize, raise, muster, rally, hire, employ, take on, engage, conscript; North Americandraft, induct
historical press, press-gang
archaic levy, list
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, win, get, procure, secure

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

enlistee

noun
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  • On July 8th, basic training for enlistees in the Army Ranger program began at Fort Benning, Georgia, with Tillman and a younger brother among those hoping to qualify for the elite light infantry unit.
  • These include members of the National Guard and career soldiers eligible to retire after 20 years of service as well as enlistees who've completed their eight-year commitment.
  • In doing so, military recruiters made a number of promises to new enlistees - such as the promise of free lifetime medical care.

enlister

noun
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  • 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
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  • 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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