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[en-list-muh nt]
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  1. the period of time for which one is committed to military service.
  2. an act of enlisting.
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Origin of enlistment

First recorded in 1740–50; enlist + -ment
Related formspre·en·list·ment, noun
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Related Words

enrollment, recruitment, levy, draft

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Historical Examples

  • 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.


    David Christie Murray

Word Origin and History for enlistment


1765, from enlist + -ment.

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