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 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>
2 : to engage (a person) for duty in the armed forces
1 : to enroll oneself in the armed forces <will enlist for three years>
2 : to participate heartily (as in a cause, drive, or crusade)
enlisteeplay \-ˌlis-ˈtē, -ˈlis-tē\ noun
enlistmentplay \-ˈlis(t)-mənt\ noun
Examples of enlist in a sentence
They're enlisting volunteers for an experiment.
We enlisted all available resources.
I enlisted the help of our neighbors.
We enlisted the services of a professional.
They enlisted several new recruits.
After graduating, I enlisted in the navy.
He enlisted in the cause of world peace.
First Known Use of enlist
ENLIST Defined for Kids
Definition of enlist for Students
1 : to join the armed forces as a volunteer
2 : to get the help of <Let's enlist our family in painting the house.>
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