recruit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French recruter (as a verb).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

recruit (plural recruits)

  1. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reinforcement.
  2. A person enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
  3. A hired worker
    These new recruits were hired after passing the interviews
  4. (biology, ecology) A new member of a certain population, usually referring to a juvenile.

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Verb[edit]

recruit (third-person singular simple present recruits, present participle recruiting, simple past and past participle recruited)

  1. To enroll or enlist new members or potential employees on behalf of an employer, organization, sports team, the military, etc.
    We need to recruit more admin staff to deal with the massive surge in popularity of our products
  2. To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment; also, to muster
    the army was recruited for a campaign
    they were looking to recruit two thousand troops for battle
  3. (archaic) To replenish, renew, or reinvigorate by fresh supplies; to remedy a lack or deficiency in.
    Food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.
    • Glanvill
      Her cheeks glow the brighter, recruiting their colour.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      “You have surprized my poor niece so, that she can hardly, I see, support herself.——Go, my dear, retire, and endeavour to recruit your spirits; for I see you have occasion.” At which words Sophia, who never received a more welcome command, hastily withdrew.
    • 1826, [Mary Shelley], chapter IV, in The Last Man. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, OCLC 230675575, page 148:
      [] I, abstemious naturally, and rendered so by the fever that preyed on me, was forced to recruit myself with food.
  4. (dated, intransitive) To recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like.
    Lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
    Go to the country to recruit.
  5. (biochemistry) To prompt a protein, leucocyte. etc. to intervene in a given region of the body.

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