[ ri-kroot ]
/ rɪˈkrut /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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)


re·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. 2020

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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 forms of recruit

recruitable, 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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