enlist

verb
en·​list | \ in-ˈlist How to pronounce enlist (audio) , en-\
enlisted; enlisting; enlists

Definition of enlist

transitive verb

1a : 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)

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Other Words from enlist

enlistee \ in-​ˌli-​ˈstē How to pronounce enlistee (audio) , en-​ , -​ˈli-​stē \ noun
enlistment \ in-​ˈlis(t)-​mənt How to pronounce enlistment (audio) , 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.
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To fill the void, BMW has enlisted Hollywood film composer Hans Zimmer to create the sounds for its future electric cars. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "BMW electric car sounds are being made by film composer Hans Zimmer," 29 June 2019 Although he is viewed as a creature of the political right, Mussolini often enlisted the ideals and tactics of the political left. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy," 25 June 2019 The pair's first paper, published in the Journal of Anatomy in 2016, enlisted a sample of 218 X-rays, of subjects ages 18 to 30, to suggest that the bone growth could be observed in 41 percent of young adults, much more than previously thought. nola.com, "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls; researchers blame phone use," 22 June 2019 Canada's bid also enlisted ships to conduct high-resolution gravimetry—measurements of gravity anomalies that reveal seafloor structure. Richard Kemeny, Science | AAAS, "As countries battle for control of North Pole, science is the ultimate winner," 20 June 2019 Kloepher enlisted the help of Cooper Sallade, a respected viper breeder in Richmond, who agreed to raise the bifurcated snake on a strictly confidential basis. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake," 13 June 2019 If only you, dear reader, would enlist as a spiritual sherpa and haul him to the top. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "David Brooks’s Moral Journey," 5 June 2019 In 1942, Henry enlisted in the Army while attending Lincoln University. Melanie Burney, https://www.inquirer.com, "World War II veteran calls it 'a miracle’: Honorable discharge from Army to correct an ‘injustice,’ nearly 75 years later," 4 June 2019 In fact, while Kudla and Peres were wrangling tomato plants, Van Eck enlisted CRISPR to improve the commercial prospects of ground cherries. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "A New Green Revolution: Scientists Are Using CRISPR to Re-domesticate Fruits and Vegetables," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of enlist

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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enlist

verb

English Language Learners 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.

enlist

verb
en·​list | \ in-ˈlist How to pronounce enlist (audio) \
enlisted; enlisting

Kids Definition of enlist

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

Other Words from enlist

enlistment \ -​mənt \ noun

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