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.
- re·cruit·a·ble, adjective
- re·cruit·er, noun
- un·re·cruit·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·cruit·ed, adjective
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How to use recruit in a sentence
Similarly, a recent NPR report covered the challenges many police departments are having recruiting officers of color.
The priority that the regime places on cyber warfare is made clear by its recruiting.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel | Michael Daly | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Scott Beauchamp | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the same time, the gorier the propaganda, the better it was for ISIS recruiting.
One problem is that these firms had little if any relationship with local Iraqi hires beyond recruiting them.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas | Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla | September 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some other stimulus to our Territorial recruiting than the fear of invasion will have to be invented in future.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Evidently the painter of this picture was a sentimentalist who regarded the recruiting sergeant in the worst light.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
There was a recruiting meeting going on in Trafalgar Square, the speakers standing on the monument.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
Here they remained, always recruiting their numbers from England, till 1861, when they returned to England.
The tax-gatherer and recruiting officer begin to make their way into the hills.
British Dictionary definitions for recruit
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
- recruitable, adjective
- recruiter, noun
- recruitment, noun
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