recruit

verb
re·cruit | \ri-ˈkrüt \
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

recruit

noun

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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Other Words from recruit

Verb

recruiter noun

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

They were paired with representatives from more than 300 Chinese businesses recruited as part of a 2013 agreement Chicago signed with eight major Chinese cities to improve trade and expand business. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 In addition to teaming up with marquee actresses and directors, Apple has also recruited executives with industry clout — clear signs, according to Cryan, that Apple is serious about going toe-to-toe with prestigious production companies. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 2018 Some other senior managers have exited more recently, while the company has also recruited from outside. New York Times, "Cisco Chief Executive’s New Mantra: Simplify Computer Networks," 10 July 2018 As a result, the process looks quite different from place to place depending on the approaches districts take to recruiting teachers, screening applicants, and making job offers. Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, "The Problem With Generalizing About ‘America’s Schools’," 5 July 2018 He and his Xavier staff recruited Hurt two years ago before Hurt's recruitment took off. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "He has local ties, but U of L faces tough competition for Matthew Hurt," 14 July 2018 Uresti was its outside legal counsel, a 1 percent owner and recruited investors. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Judge refuses to appoint Uresti’s lawyer of choice for appeal," 12 July 2018 Jackson wants to visit Mizzou again Are the Tigers recruiting their next Jontay Porter? Aaron Reiss And Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Mizzou basketball’s most-coveted 2019 prospect has a new potential suitor: Duke," 12 July 2018 Instead, the change is being driven by lawmakers in Democratic-run states and by US companies seeking to retain and recruit employees in tight labor markets. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Paid family leave: While US lags behind, more states set policies," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

IndyStar Pres Insider Kyle Neddenriep ranks the 15 best high school basketball recruits in the state for the Class of 2020. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Talented core hopes to put Lawrence North basketball back on top," 11 July 2018 The recruit then helps the school win games and generate revenue. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why Maryland Receiving FBI Subpoenas Should Worry Other College Programs, Basketball Players," 7 July 2018 The University of Cincinnati recruit was one of five players who made the First 11 for the second straight year. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "All-state soccer: Brookfield Central's Brandi Thomsen adds to her list of honors," 27 June 2018 The Central Michigan recruit had a .471 batting average, 1.126 slugging percentage, hit 15 home runs and had 40 RBIs. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Warren's Caitlyn Britton is the News-Sun Softball Player of the Year," 27 June 2018 And the Columbia recruit did it in stunning fashion during Lake Central’s run to the Class 4A state championship game. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "Lake Central's Alexa Pinarski is the 2018 Post-Tribune Softball Player of the Year," 23 June 2018 The young recruits were forced to sing songs and stand at attention to herald his arrival. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Ex-child soldiers say Delco man turned them into killers," 19 June 2018 The Michigan recruit earned his second consecutive Florida Dairy Farmers wrestler of the year award and earned a No. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Varsity Awards: Alana Wolfberg, Joey Silva win top athlete honors," 16 June 2018 Browse through the photos above for a look at the top high school baseball recruits in the Houston area. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's top high school baseball recruits heading into draft," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of recruit

Verb

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

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recruit

Noun

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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The first known use of recruit was in 1642

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More Definitions for recruit

recruit

verb

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

recruit

noun

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.

recruit

verb
re·cruit | \ri-ˈkrüt \
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.

recruit

noun

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

recruit

transitive verb
re·cruit | \ri-ˈkrüt \

Medical Definition of recruit 

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

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