Definition of enlist
1a : to secure the support and aid of : employ in advancing an interest enlist all the available resources enlisted our helpb : 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 \in-ˌli-ˈstē, en-, -ˈli-stē\ noun
enlistmentplay \in-ˈlis(t)-mənt, en-\ 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.
Recent Examples of enlist from the Web
The Cut enlisted photographers Molly SJ Lowe and Rémi Procureur to get an exclusive look at two of the newest additions to couture week.
Six Decades of Separation After Trump enlisted Xi’s help in April to press Kim to curtail his nuclear weapons and missile programs, the U.S. president dialed back his public criticisms of China.
During her college graduate fashion show in 1995, Stella enlisted the help of two of her very famous friends Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
According to MTV News, Cooper filmed a scene for new movie A Star Is Born on the festival stage, and enlisted some famous friends to help.
This isn't the first time OITNB has enlisted family members to play Litchfield inmates in flashbacks either.
Enlisting Chance the Rapper in the lead role certainly elevates Twitter’s cool status, but might the company be preaching to the converted here?
Lucy Westlake's quest to summit Denali in Alaska fell short when her guide was enlisted to join a National Park Service rescue of climbers lost in whiteout conditions near the top of mountain.
The Cards kept coming in the eighth inning, enlisting pinch hitter Justin Lavey and pinch runner Ryan Summers to put a runner on second with one out.
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First Known Use of enlist
ENLIST Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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