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

  • n. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reënforcement.
  • n. Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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)


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