What does enlist mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enlistverb

    join the military

  2. engage, enlistverb

    hire for work or assistance

    "engage aid, help, services, or support"

  3. enlist, draft, muster inverb

    engage somebody to enter the army


  1. enlistverb

    To join a cause or organization, especially military service.

    The army wants potential soldiers to enlist.

  2. enlistverb

    To recruit the aid or membership of others.

    We enlisted fifty new members.

  3. enlistverb

    To secure, to obtain

    They enlisted government's support.


  1. enlist

    Military service is service by an individual or group in an army or other militia, air forces, and naval forces, whether as a chosen job (volunteer) or as a result of an involuntary draft (conscription). Some nations (e.g., Mexico) require a specific amount of military service from every citizen, except for special cases, such as limitation determined by a military physical or religious belief. In the United States, a mental disorder does not necessarily disqualify a recruit so long as no treatment had been given within 36 months. Most countries that use conscription systems only conscript men; a few countries also conscript women. For example, Norway, Sweden, North Korea, Israel, and Eritrea conscript both men and women. However, only Norway and Sweden have a gender-neutral conscription system, where men and women are conscripted and serve on equal formal terms. Some nations with conscription systems do not enforce them. Nations which conscript for military service typically also rely on citizens choosing to join the armed forces as a career.Some nations with armed forces do not conscript their personnel (e.g. most NATO and European Union states). Instead, they promote military careers to attract and select recruits; see military recruitment. Some, usually smaller, nations have no armed forces at all or rely on an armed domestic security force (e.g. police, coast guard). Conscription has been a topic of contention around the world.


  1. enlist

    To enlist means to join or sign up for a group, cause, or military service, either voluntarily or as a result of conscription. It can also imply the act of securing someone's help or support for a particular purpose.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enlistverb

    to enter on a list; to enroll; to register

  2. Enlistverb

    to engage for military or naval service, the name being entered on a list or register; as, to enlist men

  3. Enlistverb

    to secure the support and aid of; to employ in advancing interest; as, to enlist persons in the cause of truth, or in a charitable enterprise

  4. Enlistverb

    to enroll and bind one's self for military or naval service; as, he enlisted in the regular army; the men enlisted for the war

  5. Enlistverb

    to enter heartily into a cause, as if enrolled

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enlist

    en-list′, v.t. to enrol: to engage as a soldier, &c.: to employ in advancing an object.—v.i. to engage in public service, esp. as a soldier: to enter heartily into a cause.—n. Enlist′ment, act of enlisting: state of being enlisted.

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Anagrams for enlist »

  1. inlets

  2. leints

  3. listen

  4. silent

  5. tinsel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enlist in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enlist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of enlist in a Sentence

  1. Dick Durbin:

    The president and the White House, particularly a man named Jeffrey Clark… put a full court press on the acting attorney general to try to enlist them in overturning the results of the last election, it was relentless.

  2. Pope Francis:

    I ask myself how many young people that we Europeans have left devoid of ideals, who do not have work. Then they turn to drugs and alcohol or enlist in ISIS.

  3. Yoo Sung-man:

    The band members who are in their 20s must enlist for compulsory military service in a few years.

  4. Amnesty International:

    European leaders’ desperate attempts to enlist Turkey as Europe's gatekeeper are ignoring the manifest failures of the Turkish authorities to respect the rights of refugees and migrants.

  5. Kelly Carlson:

    If public safety was actually Obama’s desired outcome, President Obama would also enlist some of the people who own a firearm, why ? Because neither side wants innocent people to get hurt by a person using one with ill intent.

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  • вербувам, записвам се, постъпвамBulgarian
  • nabrat, narukovatCzech
  • varbiĝiEsperanto
  • enlistar, reclutar, conseguir, alistarSpanish
  • värväytyä, värvätäFinnish
  • rejoindre, recruterFrench
  • engajarIdo
  • зачислить, завербовать, зачисляться, набрать, заручаться, вербовать, зачислять, зачислиться, заручиться, набирать, записаться, записыватьсяRussian
  • värvaSwedish
  • 招募Chinese

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