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

Examples of recruitment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The recruitment process is different now than in the late 1980s, when Edwards coached at San Jose State. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "ASU's Herm Edwards shares positive message with coaches, athletes," 11 June 2018 The college-recruitment process, especially for top players, also isn’t a one-way street. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "The Instagram Stars of High-School Basketball," 18 May 2018 At Yale, the society recruitment process is far more straightforward than in Dear White People., "How Real Ivy League Secret Societies Compare To The Ones In Dear White People," 7 May 2018 Travis Williams has since been handling Pappoe's recruitment. Tom Green,, "Decision Day for 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe and 4-star offensive tackle Wanya Morris," 1 May 2018 Silicon Valley has long been a draw for tech companies, but the high cost of living and housing in the area has affected recruitment for some firms. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "ABCs from Alphabet’s new chairman, John Hennessy: Keep innovating," 21 Mar. 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. 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'recruitment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of recruitment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about recruitment

Share recruitment

Statistics for recruitment

Last Updated

17 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for recruitment

The first known use of recruitment was in 1793

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for recruitment


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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on recruitment

Spanish Central: Translation of recruitment

Nglish: Translation of recruitment for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of recruitment for Arabic Speakers

Comments on recruitment

What made you want to look up recruitment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!