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
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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Edwards, a physical education teacher at Washington, recruited kids in P.E. classes during the first two weeks of school. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Friday night flight: How football's decline is impacting high school sports," 13 Sep. 2019 The immortal Louis tells of his life as a vampire recruited by Lestat in 1791 Louisiana. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Fox is also an influential figure in grassroots basketball, and Smith grew up in Texas and regularly recruited in that state. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Internal investigation finds admissions scandal at USD limited to one coach," 29 Aug. 2019 Into the void steps another Deep South recruit in Bramblett, plucked out of Tuscaloosa, Ala., right out from under Nick Saban’s nose. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "5 Notre Dame football freshman who might break out in 2019," 24 Aug. 2019 Wehrli and his colleagues recruited 31 healthy people in their 20s and early 30s to participate in the study. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Vaping for the first time can damage blood vessels," 20 Aug. 2019 The 6-foot-2 Dodson is back for her final act, as is 5-11 senior Ella Sandt, a St. Mary’s College recruit, in an attempt to lead the Roadrunners to a conference title. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2019 girls volleyball preview: East Suburban Catholic Conference," 16 Aug. 2019 So the brainpower on our shows is strong enough to be recruited by the Patriots. BostonGlobe.com, "Dave O’Brien," 15 Sep. 2019 Both studied at the university, though Ortiz was on his way to becoming a painter when he was recruited into the Ballet Folclórico. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "New programs keep Los Lupeños on its toes after 50 years," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Before the finals began, new Air Force, Army and Navy recruits were sworn in at a ceremony at the foot of the towering Alcatraz structure. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Airmen, soldiers and sailors competed in San Antonio against each other in the 2nd annual Alpha Warrior Inter-Service Battle.," 14 Sep. 2019 At one point, a few dozen young Army recruits took their oath of enlistment. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Hundreds commemorate victims of 9/11 at the Richard Nixon Library," 12 Sep. 2019 But Holmes and his fellow recruits, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers, will have a far different role. Laurel Demkovich, chicagotribune.com, "Virginia police’s newest - and furriest - recruits to help first responders cope with stress of job," 10 Sep. 2019 But Holmes and his fellow recruits, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers, will have a far different role. Laurel Demkovich, Washington Post, "Fairfax County police’s newest — and furriest — recruits to help first responders cope with stress of job," 1 Sep. 2019 Needville has its own three-star recruit in running back Ashton Stredick. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend area stocked with top football recruits," 27 Aug. 2019 Cronin just landed his first top recruit in Daishen Nix, who is widely seen as the best point guard in his class and will be a freshman in the 2020-21 season. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette, UCLA agree on home-and-home series starting in 2020-21 season," 21 Aug. 2019 Their favourite recruits are said to be Cubans, who typically have military training (as conscripts in the Cuban army). The Economist, "Trump builds a bureaucratic wall to keep out migrants," 18 July 2019 Among its latest recruits: MacKenzie Bezos, the author who recently divorced Bezos. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Bill Gates lost his title as world's second richest person, says Bloomberg," 17 July 2019

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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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recruit

verb
How to pronounce recruit (audio)

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 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
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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