recruit

verb
re·​cruit | \ ri-ˈkrüt How to pronounce recruit (audio) \
recruited; recruiting; recruits

Definition of recruit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to fill up the number of with new members : reinforce recruit an army
(2) : to enlist as a member of an armed service
b : to increase or maintain the number of America recruited her population from Europe
c : to secure the services of : engage, hire
d : to seek to enroll recruit prospective students
2 : replenish
3 : to restore or increase the health, vigor, or intensity of

intransitive verb

: to enlist new members

recruit

noun

Definition of recruit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a fresh or additional supply
2 : a newcomer to a field or activity specifically : a newly enlisted or drafted member of the armed forces
3 : a former enlisted man of the lowest rank in the army

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Other Words from recruit

Verb

recruiter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for recruit

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of recruit in a Sentence

Verb He was recruited by the army after high school. Public schools are recruiting new teachers. College football coaches spend a lot of time recruiting high school athletes. College football coaches spend a lot of time recruiting. Some parents don't think the military should be recruiting from high schools. We recruited a crew of volunteers to help us. I recruited my brother to drive us to the concert. She recruited four friends to distribute food to the homeless with her. Noun the newest recruit on the team She's one of the department's new recruits.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Andela, which helps businesses recruit software developers working remotely in regions such as Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa, has raised a $200 million Series E funding round at a $1.5 billion valuation. Martin Giles, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Metea, which won all seven of its matches for the week, defeated Batavia on Friday night then topped Plainfield East, Downers Grove North and Joliet West to reach the title match against the Knights and Ball State recruit Maddie Buckley. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Other clubs are allowed to advertise, recruit members and fundraise on school property. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2021 In athletics, officials want to invest in the facilities and programs to increase the university’s support for student athletes — all of which will help the school recruit more students to participate on its teams. Valeria Olivares, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 While supply chain companies are trying to recruit more truck drivers and port and warehouse workers, retailers are scrambling to staff up ahead of the holiday rush. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021 With enrollment lagging, more public and private nonprofit colleges and universities are trying to recruit students from among active-duty military service members. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Hunt said the Spartans’ second-year coach was in contact with him after the Iowa fallout, trying to recruit him to Colorado in the summer of 2019. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2021 But since June 2020, the group has been led by an ambitious new commander, Shahab al-Muhajir, who is trying to recruit disaffected Taliban fighters and other militants. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards doesn't need a lot of metrics to tell him about the potential of a recruit. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 Evans ended up ranked as the No. 2 running back recruit in the 2019 class, according to 247. Ross Fisher, Dallas News, 29 Sep. 2021 Not long after Elijah Saunders, a 6-foot-8 forward from Phoenix, was announcing his commitment to SDSU on social media, Dutcher was driving north on a Friday afternoon to attend a high school practice of a potential recruit. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2021 The Silicon Valley equivalent of a five-star college-sports recruit, Holmes gained attention and support from financiers, media, politicians, and business leaders. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Karaban, the 45th ranked recruit in ESPN’s class of 2022 rankings, visited UConn in mid June and again the first week of July. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 7 July 2021 All three men interviewed for this story recalled with disgust the treatment of one recruit. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 21 June 2021 And recruiters are increasingly looking for a different kind of recruit to join embattled departments. Stefanie Dazio, Chron, 12 June 2021 And recruiters are increasingly looking for a different kind of recruit to join embattled departments. Fox News, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of recruit

Verb

1642, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recruit

Noun

French recrute, recrue fresh growth, new levy of soldiers, from Middle French, from recroistre to grow up again, from Latin recrescere, from re- + crescere to grow — more at crescent

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The first known use of recruit was in 1642

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“Recruit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recruit. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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recruit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recruit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to find suitable people and get them to join a company, an organization, the armed forces, etc.
: to form or build (a group, team, army, etc.) by getting people to join
: to persuade (someone) to join you in some activity or to help you

recruit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of recruit (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has recently joined the armed forces
: a person who has recently joined a company, organization, etc.

recruit

verb
re·​cruit | \ ri-ˈkrüt How to pronounce recruit (audio) \
recruited; recruiting

Kids Definition of recruit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to enlist as a member of the armed forces
2 : to get the services of The team recruited a new pitcher.

recruit

noun

Kids Definition of recruit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a newly enlisted member of the armed forces
2 : a newcomer to a group or field of activity

recruit

transitive verb
re·​cruit | \ ri-ˈkrüt How to pronounce recruit (audio) \

Medical Definition of recruit

: to restore or increase the health, vigor, or intensity of

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