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enlist

[en-list] /ɛnˈlɪst/
verb (used without object)
1.
to enroll, usually voluntarily, for military service:
He decided to enlist in the Marines.
2.
to enter into some cause, enterprise, etc.
verb (used with object)
3.
to engage for military service:
to enlist men for the army.
4.
to secure (a person, services, etc.) for some cause, enterprise, etc.:
They enlisted us to serve as ushers at the meeting.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; en-1 + list1
Related forms
enlister, noun
preenlist, verb
unenlisted, adjective
Synonyms
2. volunteer, join.
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British Dictionary definitions for enlist

enlist

/ɪnˈlɪst/
verb
1.
to enter or persuade to enter into an engagement to serve in the armed forces
2.
(transitive) to engage or secure (a person, his services, or his support) for a venture, cause, etc
3.
(intransitive) foll by in. to enter into or join an enterprise, cause, etc
Derived Forms
enlister, noun
enlistment, noun
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Word Origin and History for enlist
v.

1590s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + list (n.). Possibly suggested by Dutch inlijsten "to write on a list." Related: Enlisted; enlisting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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