recruit

verb
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

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

Other Words from recruit

Verb

recruiter noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most of the city residents who spoke Tuesday night urged commissioners to hire Dugger, someone local, rather than hire a professional to search for and recruit from a more extensive slate of candidates. Sun Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2022 The leadership program named in his honor intends to recruit diverse candidates from various backgrounds who aspire to have careers as civil service leaders in the U.S. Department of State. Melissa Noel, Essence, 23 Aug. 2022 One legal group is looking to recruit teachers and taxpayers willing to sue to throw out the language. Steve Karnowski, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2022 One legal group is looking to recruit teachers and taxpayers willing to sue to throw out the language. Steve Karnowski, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2022 One legal group is looking to recruit teachers and taxpayers willing to sue to throw out the language. Steve Karnowski, ajc, 21 Aug. 2022 Ukrainian intelligence also says that Russia's military leadership is looking to recruit mercenaries from Central Asian countries to counter a potential lack of Russian citizens willing to fight. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2022 Additionally, guests can visit the Activation Alley, where brand partners build bespoke and immersive activations while also looking to recruit diverse and multi-faceted talent. Breanna Bell, Variety, 17 Aug. 2022 Not only that, but many industries are paying more than ever right now in order to recruit qualified talent within a number of fields. Robert Farrington, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Former top recruit Korey Foreman was thrust into full-time action last Saturday against Rice, when Romello Height was ejected in the second quarter for targeting. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 The former three-star recruit spent two years at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF in 2021. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2022 Now comes Texas and former top recruit Quinn Ewers at quarterback. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2022 Ty Thompson will continue to wait, as will the fans clamoring to see the former five-star recruit take the field. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2022 Richardson finished with three rushing touchdowns, while accounting for 272 total yards of offense in what amounted to a national coming-out party for the Gainesville native and former five-star recruit. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 During the offseason, Maryland added Florida State transfer Quashon Fuller, a former four-star recruit who made eight tackles in 11 games for the Seminoles in 2021. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 2 Sep. 2022 Eastern Michigan basketball announced Tuesday that former five-star recruit and Ypsilanti native Emoni Bates has officially signed with the program. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 24 Aug. 2022 On the other is sophomore J.J. McCarthy, a former five-star recruit who served as the backup as a freshman and played well when called upon. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2022 See More

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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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14 Sep 2022

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“Recruit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recruit. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for recruit

recruit

verb
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.

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 How to pronounce recruit (audio) \

Medical Definition of recruit

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

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