conscript[kən skript′; for adj. & n. kän′skript′]
- To conscript is to forcibly enlist someone into the military or government service.
When there is a draft and a man is required to join the army, this is an example of a situation where the army decides to conscript him.
- to enroll for compulsory service in the armed forces; draft
- to force (labor, capital, etc.) into service for the government
Origin of conscript; from conscriptthe
Origin of conscriptL conscriptus, pp. of conscribere, to enroll < com-, with + scribere, to write
transitive verbcon·script·ed, con·script·ing, con·scripts
Origin of conscriptLatin cōnscrīptus, past participle of cōnscrībere, to enroll : com-, com- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
- Enrolled; written; registered.
(third-person singular simple present conscripts, present participle conscripting, simple past and past participle conscripted)
From Latin cōnscriptus, perfect passive participle of cōnscrībō (“write together; enroll”).