- 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 recruitingenroll, engage, raise, enlist, draft, mobilize, improve, select, restore, retrieve, repair, strengthen, recuperate, obtain, replenish, reinforce, recoup, recover, supply, revive
Examples from the Web for recruiting
Contemporary Examples of recruiting
The priority that the regime places on cyber warfare is made clear by its recruiting.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
The Feds are more interesting in finding out who is doing the recruiting rather than punishing those being recruited.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists
December 15, 2014
At the same time, the gorier the propaganda, the better it was for ISIS recruiting.Has ISIS Peaked as a Military Power?
October 22, 2014
This can be a helpful guide to other nations in deterring ISIS from recruiting.It'll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS
September 2, 2014
Sheikh Raad al-Khafaji had invited me to break the Ramadan fast in the headquarters of his recruiting operation.The Brewing Battle for Baghdad
August 3, 2014
Historical Examples of recruiting
How are they to employ the day, or what inducement have they to employ it, in recruiting their stock of health?Sunday under Three Heads
"I took them from the recruiting man, as they came," she replied.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
There was another boom in recruiting just then, following on another German outrage.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
There were recruiting sergeants to be met with at every turn.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
A cynic sends us a tip for the recruiting department of our army.
- 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
"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.