reenlistment

noun re·en·list·ment \ (ˌ)rē-in-ˈlist-mənt , -en- \
variants: or re-enlistment
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of reenlistment

plural reenlistments or re-enlistments
1 : the act or an instance of enlisting again (as in the armed forces) or the state of being enlisted again
  • reenlistment of soldiers
  • The Navy came up with the idea in 1946, mainly to hype reenlistments.
  • —Frank Deford
  • Troops cannot be left in the desert indefinitely, and two of the Navy carriers should be heading home in the new year, or risk a sharp drop in re-enlistments.
  • —John Barry
2 : the period of service for which one has reenlisted
  • a four-year reenlistment

First Known Use of reenlistment

1775

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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