Definition of enlistment in US English:

enlistment

noun

  • 1The action of enrolling or being enrolled in the armed services.

    ‘the army relied on voluntary enlistment’
    • ‘Low enlistment numbers in the nation's military forces once prompted them to hire advertising agencies.’
    • ‘Tonight, the Army National Guard announced an increase in enlistment bonuses designed to attract more recruits.’
    • ‘Moore's tenure at the museum was abbreviated, however, by his enlistment in the United States Navy, probably in 1943.’
    • ‘After forced enlistment in the Bulgarian army, he witnesses the atrocities of war.’
    • ‘Military personnel were likely to experience repeated exposure to combat in a single enlistment.’
    • ‘Volunteer enlistment is the oldest method of manpower acquisition.’
    • ‘The notion of unfairness has also resulted from the demands of the military for service beyond an agreed or implied enlistment period.’
    • ‘The lists engraved in stone during the war of those who had joined up helped encourage further enlistment.’
    • ‘However, too many service members leave the military at the end of their initial enlistment to take advantage of the benefits.’
    • ‘Enlistment ceremonies also take place at military entrance processing stations across the country.’
    1. 1.1 The engagement of a person to provide help or support.
      ‘his enlistment of young people in his campaign’
      ‘the enlistment of students in the protests could lead to conflict’
      • ‘Lefties perfected long ago the enlistment of Jesus in their secular messianic causes.’
      • ‘Jesus' sermon on the plain is his enlistment speech for that great crowd of disciples who want to follow him.’
      • ‘Schiller, in the second chapter, is his prime example - along with Wordsworth - of the Romantic who resists enlistment into the metaromantic cause.’
      • ‘Bork begins with the observation, "Judicial activism results from the enlistment of judges on one side of the culture war in every Western nation."’
      • ‘I told him about Nana's enlistment in Gandhi's movement.’
      • ‘This enlistment of religious language to advance our nation's policies is tremendously dangerous.’
      • ‘Perhaps then Heidegger's biggest crime was not his enlistment in the Nazi Party and assumption of the rectorship of Freiburg.’
      • ‘Through community meetings and the enlistment of volunteers, the city worked with neighborhoods to design solutions to traffic problems.’
      • ‘This enlistment of scientific authority is not surprising - it also occurs in Europe, North America and Australia.’
      • ‘You clearly have higher ambitions, judging by your enlistment of DeVito Verdi as an ad agency.’

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