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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Latin
Origin: conscriptus, past participle of conscribere 'to make a member of something', from com- ( COM-) + scribere 'to write'


1 verb
Related topics: Military
cons‧cript1 [transitive]
1PM to make someone join the army, navy etc [= draft American English]
conscript somebody into something
Young Frenchmen were conscripted into the army and forced to fight in Algeria.
2 to make someone become a member of a group or take part in a particular activity [= recruit]

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