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

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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

The university fired Ollie in March after a 14-18 season, citing NCAA recruiting violations. Dave Collins, The Seattle Times, "Judge dismisses ex-UConn coach Ollie’s complaint over firing," 5 Feb. 2019 The refugees showing up at our Southern border would rather go through hell — namely, the U.S. immigration system — than risk the rape of their daughters or the possibility of their sons being recruited by gangs like MS-13. Jorge Ramos, Time, "Jorge Ramos: Yes, the Family Separation Policy Is Torture," 20 June 2018 A year later, the couple is bundling up and trudging through their first full Ohio winter, among the 300 Puerto Rican workers Integrated Staffing Solutions has recruited to the Midwest in the past year and a half. Erin Ailworth And, WSJ, "In Need of Workers, the Midwest Recruits From Puerto Rico," 14 Feb. 2019 Washington had recruited one of All’s teammates, 3-star defensive end Malik Vann, to Cincinnati. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is rebuilding its recruiting pipeline in Ohio. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 The group has recruited a top Trump economic adviser, Shahira Knight, to serve as executive vice president and head of public affairs. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Stock market shrugs off Trump's trade war," 10 July 2018 In the past two years the club has recruited over 130 youth members, and has a growing waiting list. The Economist, "How women and children might save golf in Scotland," 5 July 2018 Morena has recruited 46 electoral observers from 16 countries to stand watch at ballot casting points across Mexico. Andrea Rodriguez, Fox News, "Mexicans welcome pre-vote quiet ahead of major election," 30 June 2018 Storch has recruited other former executives to the effort. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Toys R Us ex-CEO is trying to reboot the company, sources say," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To pave the way for the newcomers, Mr. Borja worked with Norcold and community leaders to provide recruits with airfare to Ohio, temporary housing and clothing. Erin Ailworth And, WSJ, "In Need of Workers, the Midwest Recruits From Puerto Rico," 14 Feb. 2019 All the brain-wave readings and sensors can detect a recruit’s level of effort, but there’s no way to quantify a trainee’s character and sense of self. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 About 300 recruits are participating in this groundbreaking session, according to NBC News. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "An All-Female Marine Platoon Will Finally Train Alongside Men at Boot Camp," 5 Jan. 2019 Miranda has proved to be one of Wolves' only Portuguese recruits who haven't hit the ground running in England. SI.com, "Olympiacos Confirm the Signing of Wolves Flop Roderick Miranda on Season-Long Loan," 11 July 2018 An immigration attorney said she's been inundated by recruits. Martha Mendoza And Garance Burke, USA TODAY, "US Army begins quietly discharging immigrant recruits on path to citizenship," 5 July 2018 Like all college football teams, Oklahoma will finalize its incoming class of recruits on Wednesday. Brian Costa, WSJ, "How Free Agency Came to College Football," 5 Feb. 2019 One of the first recruits: a famous Jewish boxer named Nat Arno, who pulled in people in Zwillman’s criminal enterprise, Sugerman wrote. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "American Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers Have Been Around Since the 1930’s," 26 Nov. 2018 That makes Reese one of the top recruits in the nation. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "After missing cut for U.S. team, St. Frances star Angel Reese plans more hoops, closer look at big offers," 14 July 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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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 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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