[ ri-kroot ]
/ rɪˈkrut /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. recriminatory,
  2. recross,
  3. recrudesce,
  4. recrudescence,
  5. recrudescent typhus,
  6. recruiter,
  7. recruitment,
  8. recrystallization,
  9. recrystallize,
  10. rect

Origin of recruit

1635–45; < French, stem of recruter, derivative of recrue new growth, noun use of feminine past participle of recroître (re- re- + croître < Latin crēscere to grow; cf. crescent)

Related formsre·cruit·a·ble, adjectivere·cruit·er, nounun·re·cruit·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·cruit·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recruit


/ (rɪˈkruːt) /


  1. to enlist (men) for military service
  2. to raise or strengthen (an army, navy, etc) by enlistment
(tr) to enrol or obtain (members, support, etc)
to furnish or be furnished with a fresh supply; renew
archaic to recover (health, strength, spirits, etc)


a newly joined member of a military service
any new member or supporter
Derived Formsrecruitable, adjectiverecruiter, nounrecruitment, noun

Word Origin for recruit

C17: from French recrute literally: new growth, from recroître to grow again, from Latin recrēscere from re- + crēscere to grow

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Word Origin and History for recruit
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