re·​cruit | \ ri-ˈkrüt How to pronounce recruit (audio) \
recruited; recruiting; recruits

Definition of recruit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to fill up the number of with new members : reinforce recruit an army
(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
2 : replenish
3 : to restore or increase the health, vigor, or intensity of

intransitive verb

: to enlist new members



Definition of recruit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a fresh or additional supply
2 : a newcomer to a field or activity specifically : a newly enlisted or drafted member of the armed forces
3 : a former enlisted man of the lowest rank in the army

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recruiter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for recruit

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of recruit in a Sentence

Verb He was recruited by the army after high school. Public schools are recruiting new teachers. College football coaches spend a lot of time recruiting high school athletes. College football coaches spend a lot of time recruiting. Some parents don't think the military should be recruiting from high schools. We recruited a crew of volunteers to help us. I recruited my brother to drive us to the concert. She recruited four friends to distribute food to the homeless with her. Noun the newest recruit on the team She's one of the department's new recruits.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The strikes also comes as Uber and Lyft are trying to recruit drivers to meet the explosion in demand for ride-hailing as cities reopen., 22 July 2021 Dorsey, known to be employee-friendly and socially conscious, was forthright about his new ability to recruit people who don’t live within commuting distance. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Jay Schneiderman, the Southampton Town Supervisor, said the municipality has struggled to recruit people for town positions. New York Times, 26 June 2021 Paine earlier this year announced that Election Integrity Project aims to recruit 30,000 people for the recall to monitor polling places and vote-processing centers, where fraud-seeking observers challenged voter signatures. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 Companies are looking to recruit people who can adapt quickly to rapidly changing environments. Mercedes Gutierrez, Fortune, 18 June 2021 Stopping computational bias means making a much greater effort to recruit people from different populations to participate in the design and testing of medical devices. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 27 May 2021 Over the next three months, there are freshmen to get acclimated, prep prospects to recruit and a training camp to run. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 Hummel also tries to recruit people of all ages from the town where the art installation will go so members of the community have a connection to the piece. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gates' namesake is already a four-star recruit at Fordson entering his senior season. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2021 Keyan Burnett of Servite is a big-time recruit who can’t be overlooked. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 Aside from Stewart and Ewers, Duncanville linebacker Jordan Crook (16K) is the only other top-15 recruit who has more than 10,000 Instagram followers. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 22 July 2021 Ewers was the consensus No. 1 player across every major recruiting site while also being the only five-star recruit at his position. Stephen Means, cleveland, 22 July 2021 Holmgren, a 7-foot-1 center with guard skills, was the nation's top recruit. Rob Maaddi, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 Martinez has been one of Texas’ most productive ball-carriers over the past year, and is also a ringleader recruit for the program. oregonlive, 20 July 2021 What ordinarily might have been a high-major recruit may slip to mid-majors, or below. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 July 2021 As opposed to the third-string quarterback at Alabama who may be a big recruit but hasn’t done anything on the field and may not have a great social media following. Kennington Lloyd Smith Iii, USA TODAY, 3 July 2021

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First Known Use of recruit


1642, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)


1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of recruit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of recruit (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has recently joined the armed forces
: a person who has recently joined a company, organization, etc.


re·​cruit | \ ri-ˈkrüt How to pronounce recruit (audio) \
recruited; recruiting

Kids Definition of recruit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to enlist as a member of the armed forces
2 : to get the services of The team recruited a new pitcher.



Kids Definition of recruit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a newly enlisted member of the armed forces
2 : a newcomer to a group or field of activity


transitive verb
re·​cruit | \ ri-ˈkrüt How to pronounce recruit (audio) \

Medical Definition of recruit

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

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