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enlist

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verb en·list \in-ˈlist, en-\

Simple Definition of enlist

  • : to get the support and help of (someone or something)

  • : to get (help, support, sympathy, etc.) from someone

  • : to sign up (a person) for duty in the army, navy, etc.

Full Definition of enlist

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to secure the support and aid of :  employ in advancing an interest <enlist all the available resources> <enlisted our help> b :  to win over :  attract <trying to enlist my sympathies>

  3. 2 :  to engage (a person) for duty in the armed forces

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to enroll oneself in the armed forces <will enlist for three years>

  6. 2 :  to participate heartily (as in a cause, drive, or crusade)

en·list·ee play \-ˌlis-ˈtē, -ˈlis-tē\ noun
en·list·ment play \-ˈlis(t)-mənt\ noun

Examples of enlist

  1. They're enlisting volunteers for an experiment.

  2. We enlisted all available resources.

  3. I enlisted the help of our neighbors.

  4. We enlisted the services of a professional.

  5. They enlisted several new recruits.

  6. After graduating, I enlisted in the navy.

  7. He enlisted in the cause of world peace.



1599

First Known Use of enlist

1599



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