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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Recent Examples on the Web The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December for abusing the power of his office by enlisting the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden, a political rival, ahead of the 2020 election. Frank Bajak, SFChronicle.com, "Russians hacked company key to Ukraine scandal, researchers say," 14 Jan. 2020 The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December for abusing the power of his office by enlisting the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden, a political rival, ahead of the 2020 election. Washington Post, "Russians hacked company key to Ukraine scandal: researchers," 14 Jan. 2020 The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December for abusing the power of his office by enlisting the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden, a political rival, ahead of the 2020 election. Frank Baja, BostonGlobe.com, "Russians hacked Ukrainian gas company at center of impeachment," 13 Jan. 2020 Fred went to Boston University, enrolled briefly at Harvard and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. New York Times, "Frederick Richmond, 96, Dies; Congressman Undone by Corruption," 9 Jan. 2020 After high school, Hakimzadeh, now 51, enlisted in the Navy in 1987. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "Captain of US aircraft carrier is Iranian-American who fled Tehran during 1979 Islamic Revolution," 8 Jan. 2020 Ben Lyon, James Hall and teenage Jean Harlow star in this expensive classic about two British brothers who enlist in the Royal Flying Corps. Susan King, Los Angeles Times, "World War I inspired some cinematic masterpieces. Here are a few of them," 1 Jan. 2020 Haymon enlisted in the Army at age 31 in 1941, seven months before the attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, "State's oldest WWII vet buried," 28 Dec. 2019 Needless to say, Buttigieg, who enlisted in the Navy Reserve while at McKinsey and served in Afghanistan, does not have that particular problem. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Does It Really Matter That Buttigieg Worked for McKinsey?," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of enlist

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Enlist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlistment. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for enlist

enlist

verb
How to pronounce enlist (audio)

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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