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enlist in (something)

1. To voluntarily sign up for something. This phrase is often used in reference to the armed forces. A noun or pronoun can be used between "enlist" and "in." Did you hear that Jim wants to enlist in the military? He really feels compelled to fight for his country.
2. To gather or obtain someone for some organization or purpose. This phrase is often used in reference to the armed forces. A noun or pronoun can be used between "enlist" and "in." Jim's father is a veteran and tried to enlist him in the military. Sorry I'm late, I got enlisted in the post-dance clean-up crew.
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enlist someone in something

to recruit someone into something; to recruit someone into the armed services. They tried to enlist me in the army, but I decided against it. David enlisted his brother in an organization that gave assistance to peasants in South America.
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enlist(oneself) in something

to join something; to join the armed services. She decided not to enlist herself in the air force. Bill enlisted in the army.
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References in classic literature ?
Sir," said the lieutenant, "my serjeant informed me that you are desirous of enlisting in the company I have at present under my command; if so, sir, we shall very gladly receive a gentleman who promises to do much honour to the company by bearing arms in it.
Smokey shoveled coal on railroad steam engines prior to enlisting in the Navy, and became a pilot on his own time using his meager Navy pay to buy commercial flying lessons.