re·​en·​list·​ment | \ (ˌ)rē-in-ˈlist-mənt How to pronounce reenlistment (audio) , -en- \
variants: or re-enlistment
plural reenlistments or re-enlistments

Definition of reenlistment

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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“Reenlistment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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