- The definition of a recruit is a new person who has joined something, especially the military.
A person who has just joined the navy is an example of a new recruit.
- To recruit is to try to convince someone to join something; especially the armed forces.
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.
- to raise or strengthen (an army, navy, etc.) by enlisting personnel
- to enlist (personnel) into an army or navy
- to enlist (new members), as for a party or organization
- to hire or engage the services of
- to increase or maintain by supplying anew; replenish
- to revive or restore (health, strength, etc.)
- to seek to enroll (students) in a college, university, etc., as for the purpose of playing a varsity sport
Origin of recruitFrench recruter from recrute, a recruit, literally , new growth from recrû, past participle of recroître, to grow again from Classical Latin re-, again + crescere, to grow, increase: see crescent
- to enlist new personnel, esp. for a military force
- to get new supplies of something, as in replacement
- to regain health, strength, etc.
- to seek to enroll students, as athletes to play a varsity sport, in college, university, etc.
- a newly enlisted or drafted soldier, sailor, etc.
- a new member of any group, body, or organization
verbre·cruit·ed, re·cruit·ing, re·cruits
- a. To enlist (persons) in military service.b. To strengthen or raise (an armed force) by enlistment.
- To hire or enroll, or seek to hire or enroll (new employees, members, or students).
- To renew or restore (health or vitality, for example).
- To enlist personnel in a military force.
- To recruit new employees, members, or students.
- A newly engaged member of a military force, especially one of the lowest rank or grade.
- A new member of an organization.
Origin of recruitFrench 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-2 in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present recruits, present participle recruiting, simple past and past participle recruited)
- To enroll or enlist new members or potential employees on behalf of an employer, organization, sports team, military, etc.
- We need to recruit more admin staff to deal with the massive surge in popularity of our products
- 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
- (archaic) To replenish, renew, or reinvigorate by fresh supplies; to remedy lack or deficiency in
- Food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.
- (dated, intransitive) To recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like
- Lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
- Go to the country to recruit.
From French recruter (as a verb).