Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To enlist (persons) in military service.
  • intransitive verb To strengthen or raise (an armed force) by enlistment.
  • intransitive verb To hire or enroll, or seek to hire or enroll (new employees, members, or students).
  • intransitive verb To renew or restore (health or vitality, for example).
  • intransitive verb To enlist personnel in a military force.
  • intransitive verb To recruit new employees, members, or students.
  • noun A newly engaged member of a military force, especially one of the lowest rank or grade.
  • noun A new member of an organization.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A fresh supply of anything wasted or used, as of provisions and supplies on shipboard, etc.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Asubstitute for something wanting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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; see ker- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French recruter (as a verb).

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