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 With both employers and prospective employees questioning the norms in recruitment, hiring, and company culture, the only thing that’s certain as the world navigates this crisis is that professional life is going to change. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "How work will be different for young professionals—and their employers—because of the coronavirus pandemic," 22 May 2020 Its offerings cover categories such as accounting and finance, customer service, data entry, graphic design, web development, online editing, project management, marketing, recruitment, teaching, and content moderation. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to make money from home," 28 Apr. 2020 The precedent was set, and what followed was a cycle of recruitment, restriction, and expulsion. Maeve Higgins, The New York Review of Books, "The Essential Workers America Treats as Disposable," 27 Apr. 2020 The money can only be used for certain activities, including habitat restoration, fish and wildlife management, hunter and angler education and recruitment, research and some facilities, such as boat ramps. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Excise tax programs continue to provide critical support for Wisconsin fish and wildlife," 26 Apr. 2020 Post credits Democrats’ previous successes in part to the DLCC’s improved infrastructure, candidate recruitment, and voter outreach. NBC News, "Democratic group pledges millions for state legislative wins," 17 Jan. 2020 The attainment of equality in the workforce requires a commitment to developing precision capabilities that can be applied to search, recruitment, promotions, and succession planning. Julie Fletcher, Quartz at Work, "Real equality means inclusion at every level of your organization," 2 Oct. 2019 Teacher recruitment and retention: Senate Bill 1952 aims to help recruit and retain qualified teachers. Hannah Leone,, "As students return for a new school year, new education-related laws hit the books," 3 Sep. 2019 How this recruitment plays out initially may depend on when Colson makes a verbal commitment. Steve Lorenz, Detroit Free Press, "Can Michigan football fend off Tennessee for top target Junior Colson?," 14 May 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 5 Jun. 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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