• (America) enPR: rĭʹkro͞ot, IPA: /ɹɪˈkɹut/

recruit (plural recruits)

  1. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reinforcement.
  2. A person enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
  3. A hired worker
    These new recruits were hired after passing the interviews
  4. (biology, ecology) A new member of a certain population, usually a juvenile.
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recruit (recruits, present participle recruiting; past and past participle recruited)

  1. To enroll or enlist new members or potential employees on behalf of an employer, organization, sports team, the military, etc.
    We need to recruit more admin staff to deal with the massive surge in popularity of our products
  2. To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment; also, to muster
    the army was recruited for a campaign
    they were looking to recruit two thousand troops for battle
  3. (archaic) To replenish, renew, or reinvigorate by fresh supplies; to remedy#Verb|remedy a lack or deficiency in.
    Food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.
    • Her cheeks glow the brighter, recruiting their colour.
    • 1826, [Mary Shelley], chapter IV, in The Last Man. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […], OCLC 230675575 ↗, page 148 ↗:
      {...}} I, abstemious naturally, and rendered so by the fever that preyed on me, was forced to recruit myself with food.
  4. (dated, intransitive) To recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like.
    Lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
    Go to the country to recruit.
  5. (biochemistry) To prompt#Verb|prompt a protein, leucocyte. etc. to intervene in a given region of the body.
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