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 emperor, a passionate student of the occult, enlists Christian Stern, a young scholar and alchemist, to find the culprit.
Other Adamsiana will enlist the Lincoln Trio (Aug. 16), The Knights (Aug. 17), duo pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton (Aug. 24) and violinist Chad Hoopes (Aug. 30).
The oath was witnessed by two officials of Panama's human rights association, because no Panamanian government official could be enlisted to participate.
In its settlement with the Fed, Deutsche Bank agreed to enlist an outside monitor to review transactions with international banks in the second half of 2016 -- a timeframe that could expand depending on the monitor’s findings.
Udashkin enlisted the help of CommonBond, an education lender that also helps companies set up student loan benefits.
That’s part of why scientists are enlisting volunteers to help photograph and describe incremental high tides across Hawaii.
But not all potential recruits, those with fresh diplomas or older ones, are eligible to enlist.
Dr. Noorchashm also collected the names and histories of women whose cancer had spread after morcellation, enlisting them, or their survivors, in the crusade.
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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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