re·​cruit·​ment | \ ri-ˈkrüt-mənt How to pronounce recruitment (audio) \

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

Examples of recruitment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Geographical reach or therapeutic focus can be very important in patient recruitment, especially if a trial requires a specific population group. Nick Lucas, Forbes, "Contract Research Organizations: Key Partners In The Drug Development Journey," 9 Apr. 2021 Despite some employers’ efforts to boost inclusiveness and combat biases and ageism, such queries can arise during recruitment. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, "How to Navigate Tough Questions During a Job Interview," 5 Apr. 2021 The marginalization of minority groups has been exacerbated by the arrival of thousands of workers from outside the region for the oil projects, and has deepened a sense of abandonment and fueled recruitment by the militants. Washington Post, "As militants overrun Mozambique oil town, fears rise of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’," 31 Mar. 2021 Navy recruitment boomed as recruiters set up tables right outside of screenings to field questions from aspiring aviators. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-14 Tomcat Is Such a Badass Plane," 29 Mar. 2021 Child recruitment was a common feature of the country’s decades-long war. New York Times, "Children Trapped by Colombia’s War, Five Years After Peace Deal," 27 Mar. 2021 Candidate recruitment is critical for Republicans in their campaigns to take back the Senate in 2022 after crushing losses in Georgia last cycle gave Democrats a slim majority, thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris's tiebreaking vote. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Sununu is the GOP wild card in New Hampshire Senate race against Hassan," 22 Mar. 2021 Justin Gainey, an associate head coach on Wojciechowski's staff, led Aidoo's recruitment. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Talented 2021 center Jonas Aidoo decommits from Marquette after coaching change," 30 Mar. 2021 In recruitment, the Rangers can’t afford to rely on anything other than this simple case: The club is going to be ready to contend long-term within no more than a year and the gross financial outlay will be the most on market. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "When the Rangers are ready to contend, will big-name free agents be ready to sign?," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of recruitment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recruitment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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re·​cruit·​ment | \ ri-ˈkrüt-mənt How to pronounce recruitment (audio) \

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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