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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These chemicals have also been shown to degrade corals’ resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals. Lindsey Bever, The Seattle Times, "Hawaii is about to ban popular sunscreen brands to protect its coral reefs," 2 July 2018 These chemicals have also been shown to degrade corals' resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals. The Washington Post,, "Hawaii might be about to ban your favorite sunscreen to protect its coral reefs," 2 May 2018 Carton’s recruitment was one of the most highly contested in the Midwest. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "5-star basketball prospect D.J. Carton picks Ohio State over Michigan," 14 July 2018 In a mock job-recruitment study, participants acting as employers were given a backstory about their company with both relevant and irrelevant details about the company’s history and current programs. Eric Vanepps, Time, "The Best Way to Get People to Tell the Truth, According to Science," 11 July 2018 The best example of Washington’s impact may be the recruitment of All, who's from the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is rebuilding its recruiting pipeline in Ohio. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 New Gunners manager Unai Emery, who took over from the departing Arsene Wenger, has wasted no time in getting his business done as quickly as possible through the recruitment of Bernd Leno, Sokratis, and Stephan Lichtsteiner., "Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Gives Verdict on Transfer Dealings After Gunners Sign Lucas Torreira," 11 July 2018 The initial recruitment of Navajo Code Talkers was approved, but the Navajo men would have to meet the regular qualifications for enlistment, go through the seven-week training and meet the linguistic requirements of both English and Navajo. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 Because of attrition rates and a desire to attract more diversity to the professional classifications, Sandoval said, initial efforts are focused on the recruitment of lifeguards and rangers. J. Harry Jones,, "Only 4 rangers patrolling 1,000-square-mile Anza-Borrego desert," 17 June 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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