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[en-list-muh nt] /ɛnˈlɪst mənt/
the period of time for which one is committed to military service.
an act of enlisting.
Origin of enlistment
First recorded in 1740-50; enlist + -ment
Related forms
preenlistment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Accept them all, and arrange for their enlistment as soon as possible.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • She was equally open to enlistment in any other proposed diversion.

  • Neither Mary nor he had spoken again of the question of enlistment.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • The enlistment of men in the United States navy, as in the army, is voluntary.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • The motive of my enlistment had no remotest connection with the bounty offered.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • The term of enlistment of many had expired, and they were daily leaving the ship.

  • The saloons that flourished in the days before his enlistment were not now operating.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
Word Origin and History for enlistment

1765, from enlist + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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