To recruit is to try to convince someone to join something; especially the armed forces.(verb)
When you try to convince someone to participate in a non-profit organization, this is an example of a situation where you recruit someone to volunteer.
The definition of a recruit is a new person who has joined something, especially the military.(noun)
A person who has just joined the navy is an example of a new recruit.
See recruit in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr recruter < recrute, a recruit, lit., new growth < recrû, pp. of recroître, to grow again < L re-, again + crescere, to grow, increase: see crescent
See recruit in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb re·cruit·ed, re·cruit·ing, re·cruits verb, transitive
Origin: French recruter
Origin: , from obsolete recrute, recruit
Origin: , variant of recrue
Origin: , from feminine past participle of recroître, to grow again
Origin: , from Old French recroistre
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + croistre, to grow (from Latin crēscere; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots).
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