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en- +‎ list


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈlɪst/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪst


enlist (third-person singular simple present enlists, present participle enlisting, simple past and past participle enlisted)

  1. (transitive) To enter on a list; to enroll; to register.
  2. (intransitive) To voluntarily join a cause or organization, especially military service.
    The army wants potential soldiers to enlist.
  3. (transitive) To recruit the aid or membership of others.
    We enlisted fifty new members.
  4. (transitive) To secure; to obtain.
    They enlisted the government's support.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “I have tried, as I hinted, to enlist the co-operation of other capitalists, but experience has taught me that any appeal is futile that does not impinge directly upon cupidity. []


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enlist (plural enlists)

  1. One who is enlisted, usually in a military service.
    • 2006, USA International Business Publications, Taiwan National Security And Defense Law And Regulations Handbook
      [] 19.17% are enlisted officers (including cadets and midshipmen with BA degrees and associate degrees, officers Designated Military Occupational Specialty, the enlists converting into conscripts], officers from ROTCs) ; 0.31% are conscripted []