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

Synonyms & Antonyms for recruit

Synonyms: Verb

assume, employ, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, retain, sign (up or on), take on

Synonyms: Noun

abecedarian, apprentice, babe, beginner, colt, cub, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, novice, novitiate, punk, rook, rookie, tenderfoot, tyro, virgin

Antonyms: Verb

ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

Antonyms: Noun

old hand, old-timer, vet, veteran

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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

Importantly, the organization does comprehensive outreach, actively recruiting at job fairs, on social media, among TANF recipients, and within the city’s department of education. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 And when Susie continues to be harassed by football players, Sabrina seeks revenge, recruiting the Weird Sisters from the Other Realm boarding school. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Star Lachlan Watson on Non-Binary Identity and Telling a Bit of Their Own Story Through Susie Putnam," 29 Oct. 2018 Try out new recipes, and recruit your family in the selection process. Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Picking Out and Preparing Fish," 19 Sep. 2018 The sexism is less than subtle in Braniff’s recruiting ads (which was representative of the industry at that time): Age, height, weight, complexion, grooming, and physical attractiveness were unapologetically part of the evaluation. Michael Magers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Sisterhood of Braniff Flight Attendants," 31 Aug. 2018 The couple has given $2 million to the super PAC that recruits candidates, of either party, who previously served in the Armed Forces. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Ten big Silicon Valley money players behind this November’s U.S. midterm elections," 20 Aug. 2018 The Toreadores won all but two games from 1969-71 (all championship teams), but there wasn’t an all-out recruiting war over the best player, Edwards. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "For ASU's Herm Edwards, sports bubble helped to overcome racism growing up," 12 July 2018 Nicholas Bade showed up at an Air Force recruiting office on an icy morning in January, determined to be one of the first transgender individuals to enlist in the military. Dave Philipps, BostonGlobe.com, "Instead of a ban, transgender military recruits hit red tape," 6 July 2018 Robinson, who was personally recruited by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra after going undrafted, could be making a case for a two-way contract or even the roster spot held at the end of last season by Babbitt, who again is a free agent. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Undrafted Michigan forward Duncan Robinson making Heat case in summer league," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As the lineup solidified, the bassist Trevor Dunn — who has worked extensively in the jazz avant-garde, as well as in left-field metal outfits like the Melvins and Fantômas — was an obvious recruit. Hank Shteamer, New York Times, "Dan Weiss’s Starebaby Mines the Loud Ground Where Jazz and Metal Meet," 29 Mar. 2018 What’s a better conversation piece to recruits than this? Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "No Small feat: Illinois men's golf coach contending at Senior Players at Exmoor," 13 July 2018 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

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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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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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