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Definition of enlist verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enlist
    he / she / it enlists
    past simple enlisted
    -ing form enlisting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to join or to make someone join the armed forces synonym draft They both enlisted in 1915. enlist as something to enlist as a soldier enlist somebody (in/into/for/as something) He was enlisted into the U.S. Navy.
  2. 2[transitive] to persuade someone to help you or to join you in doing something enlist something/somebody (in something) They hoped to enlist the help of the public in solving the crime. enlist somebody (as something) We were enlisted as helpers. enlist somebody to do something We were enlisted to help.
noun [uncountable] the enlistment of expert help his enlistment in the U.S. Air Force
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