Definition of enlist verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    enlist

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɪst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enlist
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɪst//
     
    he / she / it enlists
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɪsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɪsts//
     
    past simple enlisted
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɪstɪd//
     
    past participle enlisted
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɪstɪd//
     
    -ing form enlisting
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈlɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈlɪstɪŋ//
     
    The navy
     
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  1. 1[transitive] to persuade somebody 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.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to join or to make somebody join the armed forces synonym call up, conscript, 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 US Navy. See related entries: The navy
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (formerly also as inlist): from en-, in- ‘in, on’ + list ‘enlist for military service’, perhaps suggested by Dutch inlijsten ‘put on a list’.
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