verb (used without object)
to enroll, usually voluntarily, for military service: He decided to enlist in the Marines.
to enter into some cause, enterprise, etc.
verb (used with object)
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.

1690–1700; en-1 + list1

enlister, noun
preenlist, verb
unenlisted, adjective

2. volunteer, join.
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enlist (ɪnˈlɪst)
vb (foll by in)
1.  to enter or persuade to enter into an engagement to serve in the armed forces
2.  (tr) to engage or secure (a person, his services, or his support) for a venture, cause, etc
3.  to enter into or join an enterprise, cause, etc

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Word Origin & History

1690s, from en- "make, put in" + list. Related: Enlisted; enlisting.
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Example sentences
Town band, after town band enlisted with the local regiments.
The first draft was not yet called, and the boys who had rushed off and
  enlisted were in training camps far away.
Sometimes it works, as when the radio industry enlisted the government's help
  to launch television as a replica of radio.
Living quarters for the enlisted sailors remains cramped, of course.
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