re·​en·​list | \ (ˌ)rē-in-ˈlist How to pronounce reenlist (audio) , -en- \
variants: or re-enlist
reenlisted or re-enlisted; reenlisting or re-enlisting

Definition of reenlist

1 transitive : to enlist (someone) again … watched as Bickers's platoon leader reenlisted him for another two years.— Paula Broadwell and Vernon Loeb
2 intransitive : to enlist again decided to reenlist in/with the Navy … had recently emerged from the ranks of the Royal Army Medical Corps, in which he had re-enlisted two years after the end of the second war.— Anthony Powell

First Known Use of reenlist

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Reenlist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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