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Enlist meaning

Military service is service by an individual or group in an army or other militia, whether as a chosen job 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 physical or mental disorders or religious beliefs, and most countries that have conscription only conscript men).


  1. (v. t.) To enter on a list; to enroll; to register.
  2. (v. t.) To engage for military or naval service, the name being entered on a list or register; as, to enlist men.
  3. (v. i.) 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.
  4. (v. t.) 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.
  5. (v. i.) To enter heartily into a cause, as if enrolled.
Word: en·list
Pronunciation of enlist: in-'list, en-
Function of enlist: verb
transitive senses
1 a : to secure the support and aid of : employ in advancing an interest <enlist all the available resources> <enlist the community in an experiment> b : to win over : ATTRACT <trying to enlist my sympathies>
2 : to engage (a person) for duty in the armed forces
intransitive senses
1 : to enroll oneself in the armed forces
2 : to participate heartily (as in a cause, drive, or crusade)
- en·list·ee /-"lis-'tE, -'lis-tE/ noun
- en·list·ment /-'lis(t)-m&nt/ noun

Synonyms of enlist

Draft, Engage,

Antonyms of enlist