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

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The best example of Washington’s impact may be the recruitment of All, who's from the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is rebuilding its recruiting pipeline in Ohio. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 New Gunners manager Unai Emery, who took over from the departing Arsene Wenger, has wasted no time in getting his business done as quickly as possible through the recruitment of Bernd Leno, Sokratis, and Stephan Lichtsteiner., "Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Gives Verdict on Transfer Dealings After Gunners Sign Lucas Torreira," 11 July 2018 The initial recruitment of Navajo Code Talkers was approved, but the Navajo men would have to meet the regular qualifications for enlistment, go through the seven-week training and meet the linguistic requirements of both English and Navajo. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 Because of attrition rates and a desire to attract more diversity to the professional classifications, Sandoval said, initial efforts are focused on the recruitment of lifeguards and rangers. J. Harry Jones,, "Only 4 rangers patrolling 1,000-square-mile Anza-Borrego desert," 17 June 2018 One of the interesting storylines in high school football as the summer begins will be the recruitment of Warren Central's David Bell from the Class of 2019. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Five-game event Saturday will match alumni basketball teams," 12 June 2018 Kentucky The recruitment of Kyle Kelly remained hot this week. John Snodgrass,, "Recruiting Trail: UC picks up local soccer, football commits, UK picks up local baseball commit," 11 June 2018 IDEAS Olsson is a program manager at Child Soldiers International, an international human rights organization that works to end the military recruitment of children. Sandra Olsson, Time, "Why Child Soldiers Rarely Stay Free for Long in the Central African Republic," 25 May 2018 To Collins, who joined the Ulta board in 2014, the difference a diverse board makes shows up most concretely in the recruitment of the executive team, which at Ulta is also 50 percent female. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "More women are landing seats on Illinois' corporate boards, but pace of change is 'glacial'," 24 May 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 \

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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