- to enroll, usually voluntarily, for military service: He decided to enlist in the Marines.
- to enter into some cause, enterprise, etc.
- to engage for military service: to enlist men for the army.
- to secure (a person, services, etc.) for some cause, enterprise, etc.: They enlisted us to serve as ushers at the meeting.
Origin of enlist
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2. volunteer, join.
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Examples from the Web for enlist
She claims the FBI tried to enlist her as a cooperating source in their investigation.
Now, of course, we have no choice but enlist anyone we can in the fight against ISIS.Exposed: The White House’s Professor-in-Chief
October 8, 2014
But with America in the midst of another battle abroad, the president seems anxious to enlist the help of other countries.Obama Warns UN of Looming Ebola ‘Catastrophe’
September 25, 2014
Another tip is to outsource willpower: Enlist family and friends to join you in your goal to give up smoking or get fit.Willpower: Our Greatest Strength?
September 11, 2014
When it was his turn to speak, Ostronic warned that Kimberlin was trying to “enlist” the jury in a silencing of free speech.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
Let us run away, for fear he should make us enlist in his company!Little Daffydowndilly
One of them, a carter in a smockfrock, seemed wavering and disposed to enlist.Barnaby Rudge
I'm going to enlist to-morrow, and perhaps I won't get so good a chance as this!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Florent was never able to enlist Claude amongst his supporters.The Fat and the Thin
He had then tried to enlist as a private, but had been rejected for the same reason.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
- to enter or persuade to enter into an engagement to serve in the armed forces
- (tr) to engage or secure (a person, his services, or his support) for a venture, cause, etc
- (intr foll by in) to enter into or join an enterprise, cause, etc
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Word Origin and History for enlist
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