Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To engage (persons or a person) for service in the armed forces.
  • transitive v. To engage the support or cooperation of.
  • intransitive v. To enter the armed forces.
  • intransitive v. To participate actively in a cause or enterprise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To join a cause or organization, especially military service.
  • v. To recruit the aid or membership of others.
  • v. To secure, to obtain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To enter on a list; to enroll; to register.
  • transitive v. To engage for military or naval service, the name being entered on a list or register.
  • transitive v. To secure the support and aid of; to employ in advancing interest.
  • intransitive v. To enroll and bind one's self for military or naval service
  • intransitive v. To enter heartily into a cause, as if enrolled.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hire for work or assistance
  • v. engage somebody to enter the army
  • v. join the military

Etymologies

en- +‎ list (Wiktionary)

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