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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recruit, military recruitnoun

    a recently enlisted soldier

  2. recruit, enlisteeverb

    any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)

  3. enroll, inscribe, enter, enrol, recruitverb

    register formally as a participant or member

    "The party recruited many new members"

  4. recruitverb

    seek to employ

    "The lab director recruited an able crew of assistants"

  5. recruit, levy, raiseverb

    cause to assemble or enlist in the military

    "raise an army"; "recruit new soldiers"


  1. recruitnoun

    A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reinforcement.

  2. recruitnoun

    A man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.

  3. recruitnoun

    A hired worker

    These new recruits were hired after passing the interviews

  4. recruitverb

    To make an attempt to enroll or enlist new members or potential employees on behalf of an employer, organization, sports team, military, etc.

    We need to recruit' more admin staff to deal with the massive surge in popularity of our products

  5. recruitverb

    To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment; also, to muster

  6. recruitverb

    To replenish, renew, or reinvigorate by fresh supplies; to remedy lack or deficiency in

  7. recruitverb

    To recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like

  8. Etymology: From recruter (as a verb).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recruitnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Whatever nature has in worth deny’d,
    She gives in large recruits of needful pride. Alexander Pope.

    The endeavour to raise new men for the recruit of the army found opposition. Edward Hyde.

    The pow’rs of Troy
    With fresh recruits their youthful chief sustain:
    Not theirs a raw and unexperienc’d train,
    But a firm body of embattel’d men. Dryden.

  2. To Recruitverb

    Etymology: recruter, Fr.

    He was longer in recruiting his flesh than was usual; but by a milk diet he recovered it. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Increase thy care to save the sinking kind;
    With greens and flow’rs recruit their empty hives,
    And seek fresh forage to sustain their lives. Dryden.

    Her cheeks glow the brighter, recruiting their colour;
    As flowers by sprinkling revive with fresh odour. George Granville.

    This sun is set; but see in bright array
    What hosts of heavenly lights recruit the day!
    Love in a shining galaxy appears
    Triumphant still. George Granville.

    Seeing the variety of motion, which we find in the world is always decreasing, there is a necessity of conserving and recruiting it by active principles; such as are the cause of gravity, by which planets and comets keep their motions in their orbs, and bodies acquire great motion in falling. Newt.

    He trusted the earl of Holland with the command of that army, with which he was to be recruited and assisted. Clar.

  3. To Recruitverb

    To raise new soldiers.

    The French have only Switzerland besides their own country to recruit in; and we know the difficulties they meet with in getting thence a single regiment. Addison.


  1. recruit

    A recruit is an individual who has recently joined a company, organization, or a team, often undergoing training or a learning period. The term can also be used as a verb referring to the act of enlisting people into a group or organization, or persuading them to do something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recruitverb

    to repair by fresh supplies, as anything wasted; to remedy lack or deficiency in; as, food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits

  2. Recruitverb

    hence, to restore the wasted vigor of; to renew in strength or health; to reinvigorate

  3. Recruitverb

    to supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment; as, he recruited two regiments; the army was recruited for a campaign; also, to muster; to enlist; as, he recruited fifty men

  4. Recruitverb

    to gain new supplies of anything wasted; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like; to recuperate; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures

  5. Recruitverb

    to gain new supplies of men for military or other service; to raise or enlist new soldiers; to enlist troops

  6. Recruitnoun

    a supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reenforcement

  7. Recruitnoun

    specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier

  8. Etymology: [F. recruter, corrupted (under influence of recrue recruiting, recruit, from recro/tre, p. p. recr, to grow again) from an older recluter, properly, to patch, to mend (a garment); pref. re- + OF. clut piece, piece of cloth; cf. Icel. kltr kerchief, E. clout.]


  1. Recruit

    Recruit Co., Ltd. is a classified advertisement, publication and human resources company in Japan, founded in 1963 originally as an advertisement company specialized in university newspapers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recruit

    rē-krōōt′, v.i. to obtain fresh supplies: to recover in health, &c.: to enlist new soldiers.—v.t. to repair: to supply: to supply with recruits.—n. the supply of any want: a substitute for something wanting: a newly enlisted soldier.—ns. Recruit′al, renewed supply; Recruit′er.—adj. Recruit′ing, obtaining new supplies: enlisting recruits.—n. the business of obtaining new supplies or enlisting new soldiers.—ns. Recruit′ing-ground, a place where recruits may be obtained; Recruit′ing-par′ty, a party of soldiers engaged in enlisting recruits; Recruit′ing-ser′geant, a sergeant who enlists recruits; Recruit′ment, the act, business, or employment of raising new supplies of men for an army. [O. Fr. recruterre-, croître—L. recrescĕrere-, again, crescĕre, to grow.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. recruit

    To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment. Also, a person enlisted to make up deficiency in an army; a newly-enlisted soldier.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'recruit' in Verbs Frequency: #733

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recruit in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recruit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of recruit in a Sentence

  1. Marine Le Pen:

    Germany probably thinks its population is moribund, and it is probably seeking to lower wages and continue to recruit slaves through mass immigration.

  2. Jimmy Gurule:

    Social media plays an important role in allowing ISIS to recruit foreign fighters.

  3. Rick Scott:

    I have a message today to the people of New York, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and others: Move to Florida! over the next four years, I will be traveling to your states personally to recruit you here.

  4. Todd Berry:

    We want to maintain the ability to recruit high school players, if we don’t have any corrective legislation, people aren’t going to do that. We’re trying to maintain high school recruitment and make sure universities hard hit by losses to the transfer portal are O.K.

  5. John McCain:

    General, that's immoral. It's not only unworkable, it's immoral, i do not know how you recruit young people to fight and ... we don't have a policy yet whether we're going to protect them or not.

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Translations for recruit

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  • تجنيدArabic
  • branec, rekrut, rekrutovatCzech
  • Rekrut, rekrutierenGerman
  • varbi, rekrutoEsperanto
  • reclutar, reclutaSpanish
  • täydennys, palkata, värvätä, rekrytoida, alokas, virkistäytyä, täydentää, virkistääFinnish
  • recruter, recrue, enrôlerFrench
  • भर्तीHindi
  • toboroz, regruta, verbuvál, újoncHungarian
  • recluta, ricreare, arruolato, rigenerarsi, reclutare, rigenerare, rinnovare, rimpiazzo, reintegro, rinvigorire, arruolareItalian
  • 新兵Japanese
  • tiroLatin
  • ika tauhouMāori
  • rekruttNorwegian
  • recrutaPortuguese
  • нанимать, призывни́к, вербовать, новобра́нец, ре́крут, нанять, завербоватьRussian
  • rekrytSwedish
  • sajiliSwahili
  • 招募Chinese

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