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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The actors first joined forces in 2011's Just Go With It, which had Sandler playing a plastic surgeon who enlists his assistant (Aniston) to pose as his ex-wife in order to impress a much younger woman (Brooklyn Decker). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler's New Netflix Movie Looks Like a Riot," 26 Apr. 2019 In recent years, several high profile stories have been published about Israeli citizens who do not enlist as a form of protest against the IDF, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the country's conflict with Palestinians. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Parody Fan Account Creator Says She Submitted Tweets From Inside an Israeli Military Prison," 3 Apr. 2019 Under the regular system, women who enlist in the Marine Corps go to Parris Island for their initial three months of recruit training and are assigned to one battalion. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "USMC move to integrate boot camp more ends; future unclear," 30 Mar. 2019 Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Natalie Pompilio, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iraqi and Syrian guides share glimpses of home in Philadelphia museum," 21 May 2018 On April 9, SM Entertainment announced that Xiumin is enlisting on May 7. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Xiumin of EXO Just Shaved Off All His Hair for His Impending Military Enlistment," 6 May 2019 Chiuri also enlisted Grace Wales Bonner (a British-Jamaican designer whose work explores a hybrid of European and African fashion) and Mickalene Thomas (a contemporary African-American artist) to reimagine Dior's iconic New Look silhouette. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Jets to Marrakech for Resort 2020," 30 Apr. 2019 His dangerous assignment is to seek out surviving members of the German Communist Party and enlist them in acts of sabotage against Hitler’s state. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: The Spy and the Fifth Column," 19 Apr. 2019 Thousands of men, keen of brain and firm of purpose, are enlisted on both sides, spending vast sums of money, and operating entire navies on the seas, and airplanes and motor fleets on land. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 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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