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conscript

verb [T] uk   /kənˈskrɪpt/ ( US usually draft) us  
to force someone by law to serve in one of the armed forces: He was conscripted into the army at the age of 18.
conscript
noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒn.skript/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/ ( US usually draftee)
Over half the army was composed of conscripts.
conscript
adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈkɒn.skript/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/
a conscript army
conscription
noun [U] uk   /-ˈskrɪp.ʃən/ us  
Ever since the war began he's been worried that the government will introduce conscription.
Translations of “conscript”
in Spanish recluta…
in French conscrit/-ite…
in German der Wehrpflichtige…
in Chinese (Traditional) 徵召,招募…
in Russian призванный на военную службу…
in Turkish askere alınmış kimse…
in Chinese (Simplified) 征召,招募…
in Polish poborowy…
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