Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To engage (persons) for military service.
  • transitive v. To strengthen or raise (an armed force) by enlistment.
  • transitive v. To supply with new members or employees.
  • transitive v. To enroll or seek to enroll: colleges recruiting minority students.
  • transitive v. To replenish.
  • transitive v. To renew or restore the health, vitality, or intensity of.
  • intransitive v. To raise a military force.
  • intransitive v. To obtain replacements for or new supplies of something lost, wasted, or needed.
  • intransitive v. To regain lost health or strength; recover.
  • n. A newly engaged member of a military force, especially one of the lowest rank or grade.
  • n. A new member of an organization or body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reinforcement.
  • n. A person enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
  • n. A hired worker
  • n. A new member of a certain population, usually referring to a juvenile.
  • v. To make an attempt to enroll or enlist new members or potential employees on behalf of an employer, organization, sports team, military, etc.
  • v. To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment; also, to muster
  • v. To replenish, renew, or reinvigorate by fresh supplies; to remedy lack or deficiency in
  • v. To recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To repair by fresh supplies, as anything wasted; to remedy lack or deficiency in
  • transitive v. Hence, to restore the wasted vigor of; to renew in strength or health; to reinvigorate.
  • transitive v. To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment; ; also, to muster; to enlist.
  • intransitive v. To gain new supplies of anything wasted; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like; to recuperate.
  • intransitive v. To gain new supplies of men for military or other service; to raise or enlist new soldiers; to enlist troops.
  • n. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reënforcement.
  • n. Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To repair by fresh supplies; supply lack or deficiency in.
  • To restore the wasted vigor of; renew the health, spirits, or strength of; refresh: as, to recruit one's health.
  • To supply with new men; specifically, to supply with new men for any deficiency of troops; make up by enlistment: as, to recruit an army.
  • To provision; take supplies on board of, as a vessel: as in the phrase to recruit ship.
  • To gain new supplies of anything lost or wasted; gain flesh, health, spirits, etc.
  • To gain new supplies of men for any object; specifically, to raise new soldiers.
  • To enter port for supplies, as a vessel.
  • n. A fresh supply of anything wasted or used, as of provisions and supplies on shipboard, etc.
  • n. A soldier or sailor newly enlisted to supply the deficiency of an army or a navy; one whohas newly filled a vacancy in any body or class of persons.
  • n. Asubstitute for something wanting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
  • v. register formally as a participant or member
  • n. a recently enlisted soldier
  • v. seek to employ
  • v. cause to assemble or enlist in the military

Etymologies

French recruter, from obsolete recrute, recruit, variant of recrue, from feminine past participle of recroître, to grow again, from Old French recroistre : re-, re- + croistre, to grow (from Latin crēscere).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French recruter (as a verb). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the hyper-athletic swingman has the kind of hops and length that make him extremely interesting as a long-term recruit, which is probably why he's getting looks from teams who he couldn't get a minute on right now.

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  • Terry Raymond, aka T-Ray, fills the role of the team's newest recruit is is the same typical invincible spirit we've come to know in our youngest X-Men.

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  • The fact that Wilson was the less heralded recruit is not lost on O'Brien, who seemingly gives the same speech every signing day about how he doesn't care about the rankings.

    North Carolina State - Team Notes

  • You go and recruit from a crime-ridden inner city for your team – even getting some guys who have records – bending your admission standards considerably – and not only do you not have a good football team, but you get some near date-rape – or at least some fast talking, fast-movers who want what they want when they want it and getit.

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  • He's the epitome of what the school was hoping for when it hired Strong: a top recruit from a big-time area that was stolen away from major programs and should be a fixture in the linebacking corps for years to come.

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  • In contrast, private schools usually recruit from the surrounding environs.

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  • Health Economics Too Fat to Fight In America, the pool of citizens from which the military recruits has grown so out-of-shape that the Armed Forces may have to shift even more of its focus to unmanned weaponry — and lean more heavily on private security companies, which recruit from a fitter international pool. caption tk Are Americans too fat to serve in the military?

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  • He has a time of 10.33 seconds for 100 meters and the five-star recruit is plenty productive on the field, with 4,127 yards and 52 touchdowns in his high school career.

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  • Welcome back, Tightliner, and congratulations of your performance in recruit training!

    hey guys im back, i just graduated boot camp,im headed to pensacola fl.

  • I ` d stump up 100 notes to ensure a new recruit is adequately provided with torch, boots, and what not.

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