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

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Creative twists on recruitment are popping up as the nation's unemployment rate keeps sinking. Danielle Paquette,, "These places will pay U.S. workers thousands of dollars to move there," 21 June 2018 Creative twists on recruitment are popping up as the nation's unemployment rate keeps sinking. Danielle Paquette, ajc, "These places will pay US workers thousands of dollars to move there," 21 June 2018 And many companies continue to focus only on recruitment instead of retention, which Blanche likened to seeing that the canary in the coal mine is having problems and throwing in 50 more canaries as a solution. Tracey Lien,, "As diversity progress in Silicon Valley stalls, advocates call for a new approach," 4 June 2018 The father-son duo planned to discuss schools over dinner Thursday evening, and the announcement Friday closed the book on a complex recruitment. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville basketball pledge Courtney Ramey picks Texas," 27 Apr. 2018 There to put the finishing touches on Duke's recruitment of relentless point guard Bobby Hurley, Krzyzewski's earnest, honest and forthright approach resonated with Bobby's little brother Danny, too. Creg Stephenson,, "NCAA tournament 2018: Duke vs. Rhode Island live stream, score updates, time, TV channel," 17 Mar. 2018 According to 247Sports' director of recruiting Evan Daniels, Wagner will either play at Michigan or stay with Alba Berlin, even though other college teams have tried to get in on his recruitment. Detroit Free Press, "Michigan target Franz Wagner to decide on future: College hoops or Germany," 22 June 2019 Last week, Tony Rehagen wrote about colleges and universities pulling back on recruitment of white, rural students., "Readers React: ‘This sounds nice, but it ignores a huge upcoming phenomenon: the “birth dearth”’," 14 June 2019 For them, playing for a top program at a school like Kentucky is merely a way to boost their draft prospects while waiting out the league’s ban on direct high-school recruitment. Andrew Zimbalist, WSJ, "NBA Players Don’t Need College," 24 Oct. 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 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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