Definition of conscribe in English:



[with object]archaic
  • Enlist (someone) compulsorily, typically into the armed services; conscript.

    • ‘The only way of immediately improving the coal situation is for young miners to be conscribed, and made to work the full number of shifts.’
    • ‘We will not be conscribed, to be shot like dogs.’
    • ‘My plan is to conscribe them and force them into the army, upon the condition, if necessary, of freedom after the war.’
    • ‘The government cannot conscribe readers.’
    • ‘If Congress has the constitutional power to conscribe the officers of the States, it would also have the power to exempt such as it might think proper.’
    enlist, sign up, enrol, engage, take on, round up
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘write, compose’): from Latin conscribere (see conscript).