enlist
verb Date: 1599 transitive verb 1. a. 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) • enlistee nounenlistment noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Enlist — En*list , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enlisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enlisting}.] 1. To enter on a list; to enroll; to register. [1913 Webster] 2. To engage for military or naval service, the name being entered on a list or register; as, to enlist men.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enlist — [en list′, inlist′] vt. 1. to enroll for service in some branch of the armed forces 2. to win the support of; get the help or services of [to enlist men in a cause] 3. to get (another s help, support, aid, etc.) vi. 1. to join some branch of the… …   English World dictionary

  • Enlist — En*list , v. i. 1. To enroll and bind one s self for military or naval service; as, he enlisted in the regular army; the men enlisted for the war. [1913 Webster] 2. To enter heartily into a cause, as if enrolled. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enlist — index appoint, bait (lure), coax, convert (persuade), convince, employ (engage services), engage ( …   Law dictionary

  • enlist — 1590s, from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + LIST (Cf. list) (n.). Possibly suggested by Du. inlijsten to write on a list. Related: Enlisted; enlisting …   Etymology dictionary

  • enlist — [v] sign up for responsibility admit, appoint, assign, attract, call to arms, call up, conscribe, conscript, draft, embody, employ, engage, enroll, enter, enter into, gather, get, hire, hitch, incorporate, induct, initiate, inscribe, interest,… …   New thesaurus

  • enlist — ► VERB 1) enrol or be enrolled in the armed services. 2) engage (a person or their help). DERIVATIVES enlistment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • enlist — v. 1) (D; intr.) to enlist for (to enlist for three years) 2) (D; intr.) to enlist in (to enlist in the army) 3) (H) we enlisted them to help * * * [ɪn lɪst] (H) we enlisted them to help (D; intr.) to enlist in (to enlist in the army) (D;intr.)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • enlist — UK [ɪnˈlɪst] / US verb Word forms enlist : present tense I/you/we/they enlist he/she/it enlists present participle enlisting past tense enlisted past participle enlisted a) [intransitive/transitive] if someone enlists or is enlisted, they join… …   English dictionary

  • enlist — en|list [ ın lıst ] verb intransitive or transitive if someone enlists or is enlisted, they join the military of their country: In 1942, Louis enlisted as a private. Charlie left shortly after he was enlisted in the Army. a. transitive if you… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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