- a newly enlisted or drafted member of the armed forces.
- a new member of a group, organization, or the like.
- a fresh supply of something.
- to enlist (a person) for service in one of the armed forces.
- to raise (a force) by enlistment.
- to strengthen or supply (an armed force) with new members.
- to furnish or replenish with a fresh supply; renew.
- to renew or restore (the health, strength, etc.).
- to attempt to acquire the services of (a person) for an employer: She recruits executives for all the top companies.
- to attempt to enroll or enlist (a member, affiliate, student, or the like): a campaign to recruit new club members.
- to seek to enroll (an athlete) at a school or college, often with an offer of an athletic scholarship.
- to enlist persons for service in one of the armed forces.
- to engage in finding and attracting employees, new members, students, athletes, etc.
- to recover health, strength, etc.
- to gain new supplies of anything lost or wasted.
Origin of recruit
Related Words for recruiterdetective, recruiter, lookout, sleuth, patrol, escort, picket, spy, runner, adventurer, vanguard, outpost, pioneer, guard, advance, precursor, explorer, outrider, spotter
Examples from the Web for recruiter
Contemporary Examples of recruiter
Grimm worked as a recruiter at the Detroit Free Press for eighteen years, a position that required him to perform exit interviews.Is Your Boss a Bully?
December 30, 2012
Daniele Hoffman was 17 years old when she met the recruiter for the National Guard who she says eventually attempted to rape her.Service Members Sue Defense Secretary Over Alleged Military Rapes
September 28, 2012
The recruiter challenged me, and I took his challenge and ended up going in the Marine Corps.Marine Dakota Meyer Steps Up to Help Veterans Find Success Back Home
August 15, 2012
A recruiter talked him into entering the Air Force special operations branch.Did a CIA Agent Work for the Mob? Excerpt from Evan Wright’s New Book
June 28, 2012
Right before I signed my contract, my recruiter pulled me aside and asked if I was sure about being in the infantry.A Job to Kill For? Unemployed Spurn Detroit Veteran Hiring Fair
June 25, 2012
Historical Examples of recruiter
The recruiter, if he is a wise man, will not display any arms openly.
Her captain and his "recruiter" (both Englishmen) paid us a visit.
I should today be a supercargo, a recruiter, or a memory, if it had not been for him.
Our custom in recruiting labor was to land the recruiter on the beach.
In the one were the captain, the supercargo, and the recruiter.
- to enlist (men) for military service
- 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
Word Origin for recruit
1690s, agent noun from recruit (v.).
"military reinforcement, one of a newly raised body of troops," 1640s, from recruit (v)., replacing earlier recrew, recrue; or from obsolete French recrute, alteration of recreue "a supply," recrue "a levy of troops" (late 16c.), Picardy or Hainault dialect variant of recrue "a levy, a recruit," literally "new growth," from Old French recreu (12c.), past participle of recreistre "grow or increase again," from re- "again" (see re-) + creistre "to grow," from Latin crescere "to grow" (see crescent). "The French word first appeared in literary use in gazettes published in Holland, and was disapproved of by French writers in the latter part of the 17th c." [OED]. The French word also is the source of Dutch recruut, German Recrut, Swedish rekryt.
1630s, "to strengthen, reinforce," from French recruter (17c.), from recrute "a levy, a recruit" (see recruit (n.)). Sense of "to enlist new soldiers" is attested from 1650s; of student athletes, from 1913. Related: Recruited; recruiting.