- 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.
recruit definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French recruter ; from recrute, a recruit, literally , new growth ; from recrû, past participle of recroître, to grow again ; from Classical Latin re-, again plush 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
recruit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·cruit·ed, re·cruit·ing, re·cruits verb, transitive
- To engage (persons) for military service.
- To strengthen or raise (an armed force) by enlistment.
- To supply with new members or employees.
- To enroll or seek to enroll: colleges recruiting minority students.
- To replenish.
- To renew or restore the health, vitality, or intensity of.
- To raise a military force.
- To obtain replacements for or new supplies of something lost, wasted, or needed.
- To regain lost health or strength; recover.
- A newly engaged member of a military force, especially one of the lowest rank or grade.
- A new member of an organization or body.
Origin: 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-2 in Indo-European roots).
- re·cruitˈer noun
- re·cruitˈment noun