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 The Education Department request asks for all records regarding Dr. Lieber’s Chinese benefactors, the Thousand Talents recruitment program and the Wuhan University of Technology. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Harvard and Yale Ensnared in Education Dept. Crackdown on Foreign Funding," 12 Feb. 2020 In another case, the chairman of Harvard University’s chemistry department was charged last week with lying about his connections to a Chinese talent recruitment program. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "‘Existential threat’: US warns of Chinese espionage capabilities," 6 Feb. 2020 Li was a member of the Thousand Talents plan, a Chinese recruitment program that a Senate report last year said was designed to steal sensitive research. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "Emory professor hit with criminal charge, linked to Chinese government program," 4 Feb. 2020 While the White House has proposed cuts to the NSF and NIH budgets in recent years, the CCP has committed orders of magnitude more money to its recruitment programs. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Why American Scientists Take Chinese Money," 3 Feb. 2020 While the law handed the military a clean reach into American high schools, their recruitment efforts remained selective. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Military Views Poor Kids as Fodder for Its Forever Wars," 7 Jan. 2020 Advertisements by unregulated clinics differ greatly from recruitment efforts by legitimate clinical trials, Prof. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, "Google attempts to protect users from sketchy stem cell clinics," 30 Nov. 2019 RB Cordarrian Richardson The Spartans were high on the Memphis prep product in the 2017 class before his recruitment went wild. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Five players for Michigan State football to examine in NCAA transfer portal," 28 Jan. 2020 Before the start of the Winter Meetings, the Cincinnati Reds were heavy into their recruitment for Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama. Bobby Nightengale,, "Why the Cincinnati Reds made signing Shogo Akiyama a priority this offseason," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of recruitment

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recruitment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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