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 Teacher recruitment should be addressed so that the county is taking advantage of every opportunity to recruit diverse candidates for all schools. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 In the upcoming fiscal year, the administration wants to create a new civilian response team for the police and hire an outreach and recruitment coordinator who will focus on underrepresented communities. Blake Apgar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 With more than 20 years of experience in DE&I and recruitment at iconic brands like L Brands, Aon and IBM, Barnes Marshall has spent years championing a better workplace for all. Brittney Oliver, Essence, 16 May 2022 That, and persistent low salaries, delayed recruitment targets. New York Times, 16 May 2022 To this end, all in-house recruitment staff need extra training on what reasonable accommodations, such as the use of multiple submission formats, practically look like in this context. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Hartline has put in work on this recruitment, as the four-star visited Ohio State for the spring game last month and has been on commitment watch ever since. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 16 May 2022 Sammy Brown’s recruitment is filling up his schedule. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 13 May 2022 The budget allocates $150 million to build on a previous $120-million investment to assist with the colleges’ enrollment and recruitment efforts. Teresa Watanabestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recruitment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of recruitment was in 1793

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19 May 2022

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“Recruitment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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