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enlist

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

Definition of enlist in English:

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
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, enrol in, sign up for, volunteer for
British archaic take the King's shilling
mobilize, raise, muster, rally, hire, employ, take on, engage, conscript;
North American draft, 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
More example sentences
  • 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

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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

2
noun
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

3
noun
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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