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 lack of clarity regarding weight and the efficacy of emergency contraceptives is daunting, but Dr. Edelman notes that researchers are recruiting subjects for studies to answer this very question. Brittney Mcnamara, Allure, "Shrill Is Right About the Impact of Your Weight on the Morning-After Pill's Efficacy," 25 Mar. 2019 Not so fast: While the CW series does feature two male leads (Daniel Ezra as high school player Spencer James; Taye Diggs as the coach who recruits him), that would be only half the story. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "From Barber to Actress and Musician: Meet All American's Bre-Z," 10 Oct. 2018 Far-right groups are using online games such as 'Fortnite' to radicalize kids and recruit them into their organizations, according to one reformed neo-Nazi. Alex Sassoon Coby, Fox News, "'Fortnite' used by white supremacists to recruit kids, ex neo-Nazi reveals," 2 Oct. 2018 O’Donnell was recruited by Scott’s Tennessee Battery in May 1861, Reiter said. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Civil War Experience offers window to both national and local history," 9 June 2018 In the spirit of mixing things up, the series decided to recruit past winners and finalists from other CBS competition shows — i.e. Survivor and Big Brother — to create the ultimate reality-TV showdown. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Amazing Race' Fans Are DONE With Season 31 After Discovering the Truth About the 2019 Contestants," 18 Apr. 2019 Flaxman, founder and CEO of Crown Realty Development, is said to have paid bribes under the guise of donations—$250,000 for his son to be recruited for soccer at the University of San Diego and $75,000 to help his daughter boost her ACT score. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Real Estate Developers Indicted Over College Admissions Scam," 13 Mar. 2019 Luke Tennie as Willie Lewis: The son of a famous gangster, he was sent by the headmaster of King's Dominion to recruit Marcus. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Lana Condor's New Show "Deadly Class"," 4 Jan. 2019 Since officially forming its blockchain group just eight months ago, Facebook has sent staffers to crypto conferences around the world to recruit researchers, cryptographers, and top academics in the field. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was one of the most successful coaches ever until his career was ended by a scandal involving escorts for recruits and an FBI investigation. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump says anonymous NY Times op-ed backfired; Kavanaugh hearings could wrap up Friday," 7 Sep. 2018 Following Globe inquiries last week, State Police officials and a Baker spokesman acknowledged that achieving their goal relies on money for new recruits. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles," 11 July 2018 That happened right as tougher screenings were mandated for recruits. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Immigrant recruit abruptly discharged from Army without explanation," 10 July 2018 Corey Evans, national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, thinks the timing is not great for the Terps staying in the hunt for other top recruits. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Uncertainty for Maryland and college basketball after latest FBI-driven subpoenas," 7 July 2018 In response, the military layered on additional security clearances for recruits to pass before heading to boot camp. Washington Post, "Immigrant PhD candidate rocked by sudden US Army discharge," 6 July 2018 Of course, the new official visit calendar hasn’t just changed the decision-making process for recruits. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan and Michigan State are crushing it on the recruiting trail," 5 July 2018 In response, the military layered on additional security clearances for recruits to pass before heading to boot camp. Martha Mendoza And Garance Burke, USA TODAY, "US Army begins quietly discharging immigrant recruits on path to citizenship," 5 July 2018 In response, the military layered on additional security clearances for recruits to pass before heading to boot camp. Author: Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Anchorage Daily News, "The US Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits," 5 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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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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