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verb re·cruit \ri-ˈkrüt\

Simple Definition of recruit

  • : to find suitable people and get them to join a company, an organization, the armed forces, etc.

  • : to form or build (a group, team, army, etc.) by getting people to join

  • : to persuade (someone) to join you in some activity or to help you

Full Definition of recruit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to fill up the number of (as an army) with new members :  reinforce (2) :  to enlist as a member of an armed service b :  to increase or maintain the number of <America recruited her population from Europe> c :  to secure the services of :  engage, hire d :  to seek to enroll <recruit prospective students>

  3. 2 :  replenish

  4. 3 :  to restore or increase the health, vigor, or intensity of

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to enlist new members

re·cruit·er noun

Examples of recruit

  1. He was recruited by the army after high school.

  2. Public schools are recruiting new teachers.

  3. College football coaches spend a lot of time recruiting high school athletes.

  4. College football coaches spend a lot of time recruiting.

  5. Some parents don't think the military should be recruiting from high schools.

  6. We recruited a crew of volunteers to help us.

  7. I recruited my brother to drive us to the concert.

  8. She recruited four friends to distribute food to the homeless with her.


First Known Use of recruit




noun re·cruit

Simple Definition of recruit

  • : a person who has recently joined the armed forces

  • : a person who has recently joined a company, organization, etc.

Full Definition of recruit

  1. 1 :  a fresh or additional supply

  2. 2 :  a newcomer to a field or activity; specifically :  a newly enlisted or drafted member of the armed forces

  3. 3 :  a former enlisted man of the lowest rank in the army

Examples of recruit

  1. the newest recruit on the team

  2. She's one of the department's new recruits.

Origin of recruit

French recrute, recrue fresh growth, new levy of soldiers, from Middle French, from recroistre to grow up again, from Latin recrescere, from re- + crescere to grow — more at crescent

First Known Use: 1645

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb re·cruit \ri-ˈkrüt\

Medical Definition of recruit

  1. :  to restore or increase the health, vigor, or intensity of

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