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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Development, recruitment and retention of talent needed to provide strong, creative and innovative leadership in the future in government, business, education and the nonprofit sectors. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 As a result of the investigation, the ombudsman laid out a host of recommendations for the DPA, including hiring more staff, strengthening quality assurance processes, and addressing obstacles to recruitment and retention for staff. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Backlog and communication problems: Investigation finds issues with Alaska’s Division of Public Assistance," 9 May 2018 The district said the increased cash flow will help cover transportation costs, teacher recruitment and retention, an expansion of 1:1 technology initiatives and school safety programs. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana primary voters say 'yes' to property tax hikes for Avon, Warren Twp. schools," 8 May 2018 Recruiting powerhouses like Duke and Kentucky weren't really on the radar, aside from some initial interactions in the earlier stages of Bassey's recruitment. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky, Rick Stansbury invite skepticism with new hire," 5 July 2018 After the first movie’s release, there was an uptick in recruitment for pilots, CNN reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Air Force, Navy battle over ‘Top Gun’ sequel," 2 June 2018 The septet features in a wide assortment of variety and reality shows, which are necessary components of any ARMY recruitment. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "How to Get Into BTS: A Primer for ARMY Recruits," 17 May 2018 So far, nearly 4,000 girls have joined roughly 170 Cub Scout packs participating in the first phase of the new policy, and the pace is expected to intensify this summer under a nationwide multimedia recruitment campaign. Brady Mccombs, azcentral, "Mormons back away from Boy Scouts over diverging values," 9 May 2018 Hollander will start recruitment for his study in March 2018 but won’t have results for another three years. Debra Kamin, Newsweek, "Is Marijuana the World’s Most Effective Treatment for Autism?," 15 Feb. 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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