enlist

verb en·list \ in-ˈlist , en- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of enlist

transitive verb
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
intransitive verb
1 : to enroll oneself in the armed forces
  • will enlist for three years
2 : to participate heartily (as in a cause, drive, or crusade)

enlistee

play \in-ˌli-ˈstē, en-, -ˈli-stē\ noun

enlistment

play \in-ˈlis(t)-mənt, en-\ noun

Examples of enlist in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of enlist from the Web

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First Known Use of enlist

1599


ENLIST Defined for English Language Learners

enlist

verb

Definition of enlist for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


ENLIST Defined for Kids

enlist

verb en·list \ in-ˈlist \

Definition of enlist for Students

enlisted; enlisting
1 : to join the armed forces as a volunteer
2 : to get the help of
  • Let's enlist our family in painting the house.

enlistment

\-mənt\ noun


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