re·​cruit·​ment | \ ri-ˈkrüt-mənt \

Definition of recruitment

1 : the action or process of recruiting
2 : the process of adding new individuals to a population or subpopulation (as of breeding or legally catchable individuals) by growth, reproduction, immigration, and stocking also : a measure (as in numbers or biomass) of recruitment

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Big tech companies have found themselves in an AI gold rush, charging into a broad range of markets from recruitment to healthcare to sell their services. James Vincent, The Verge, "When algorithms go wrong we need more power to fight back, say AI researchers," 8 Dec. 2018 But Heck and DelBene already have DCCC experience, with Heck serving as the committee’s recruitment chair, and DelBene oversaw finance in a record-breaking fundraising year. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "All the Democrats running for top spots in the House," 15 Nov. 2018 In the evening, Underwood heads to a volunteer recruitment event at a local bar. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Other Progressives are Defining the Midterms," 15 Oct. 2018 Amazon found this out the hard way when the company's AI recruitment software, trained to review job applications, turned out to discriminate against women applicants. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Fired Its Resume-Reading AI for Sexism," 10 Oct. 2018 And earlier this month, a report published by German magazine Der Spiegel based on leaked internal documents alleged that PSG’s youth scouting department attempted to cap its recruitment of certain players based on race. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Billion Dollars Later, PSG Wonders Where It’s Heading," 26 Nov. 2018 The Toffees are yet to make a senior signing as yet this summer, but according to the Mirror, the Everton transfer team are plotting big moves to kick their pre-season recruitment into gear., "Everton Plotting Ambitious Double Swoop for Barcelona Defensive Stars Ahead of New Season," 13 July 2018 The four-star forward, who has attracted scholarship offers from more than 20 schools, is closing in on some decisions in his recruitment. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball target Jaylin Williams to narrow school list," 13 July 2018 Maryland's second subpoena relates to former four-star recruit and current Kansas basketball player Silvio De Sousa, asking the school to produce any documents or communication related to his recruitment, eligibility or amateur status. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Maryland confirms school was subpoenaed as part of FBI investigation into college basketball," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of recruitment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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re·​cruit·​ment | \ ri-ˈkrüt-mənt \

Medical Definition of recruitment

1 : the increase in intensity of a reflex when the initiating stimulus is prolonged without alteration of intensity due to the activation of increasing numbers of motor neurons — compare reinforcement
2 : an abnormally rapid increase in the sensation of loudness with increasing sound intensity that occurs in deafness of neural origin and especially in neural deafness of the aged in which soft sounds may be completely inaudible while louder sounds are distressingly loud

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