enlist

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en- +‎ list

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enlist (third-person singular simple present enlists, present participle enlisting, simple past and past participle enlisted)

  1. (transitive) To enter on a list; to enroll; to register.
  2. (intransitive) To join a cause or organization, especially military service.
    The army wants potential soldiers to enlist.
  3. (transitive) To recruit the aid or membership of others.
    We enlisted fifty new members.
  4. To secure, to obtain.
    They enlisted government's support.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “I have tried, as I hinted, to enlist the co-operation of other capitalists, but experience has taught me that any appeal is futile that does not impinge directly upon cupidity. … .”

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