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enlist

verb uk   /ɪnˈlɪst/ us  

enlist verb (JOIN)

[I] to join the armed forces: They both enlisted (in the navy) a year before the war broke out.

enlist verb (ASK FOR HELP)

[T] formal to ask for and get help or support from someone: We enlisted some people to help prepare the food. The organization has enlisted the support of many famous people in raising money to help homeless children.
enlistment
noun [C or U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
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