American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To engage (persons or a person) for service in the armed forces.
- v. To engage the support or cooperation of.
- v. To enter the armed forces.
- v. To participate actively in a cause or enterprise.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To enter, as a name on a list; enroll; register.
- To engage for public service, especially military or naval service, by enrolling after mutual agreement: as, to enlist men for the army.
- To unite firmly to a cause; employ in advancing some interest; engage the services of: as, to enlist one's sympathies in the cause of charity.
- Synonyms and Enroll, etc. See record, v.
- To engage in public service, especially military service, by subscribing articles or enrolling one's name; specifically, to engage in such service voluntarily.
- To enter heartily into a cause, with devotion to its interests.
- v. intransitive To join a cause or organization, especially military service.
- v. transitive To recruit the aid or membership of others.
- v. To secure, to obtain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To enter on a list; to enroll; to register.
- v. To engage for military or naval service, the name being entered on a list or register.
- v. To secure the support and aid of; to employ in advancing interest.
- v. To enroll and bind one's self for military or naval service
- v. To enter heartily into a cause, as if enrolled.
- v. hire for work or assistance
- v. engage somebody to enter the army
- v. join the military
- en- + list (Wiktionary)
“The eagerness to enlist is partly an extended expression of gratitude to the United States for liberating Guam from a brutal Japanese occupation during World War II.”
“In plain English, enlist in my company, my fine fellow, and your life and liberty are both safe.”
“I think the reason you won’t enlist, is you would indeed be officer material, and promptly get fragged by your own men.”
“As, of course, it will - if you choose to enlist, that is.”
“Desperate for answers and a quick solution to the problem, the Nazi commanders set aside from personal grudge long enough to "enlist" a Jewish scholar with intimate knowledge of the keep and its history to find out what it is that is killing them off and seemingly defying all rational modes of engagement.”
“When Polish forces were deployed to Europe the only way to take the bear with them was to "enlist" him.”
“In fact, the worst thing most of the protesters say repeatedly is "enlist," which I'm sure Sparling and other veterans there found particularly insulting, but which actually isn't.”
“Also, Elirabett: JAG Officers don't "enlist"; they get a commission.”
“Republicans and Democrats are always trying to "enlist" new recruits to help.”
“Nanoannie said, "You think they were trying to 'enlist' you?”
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