Definitions for: Recruit


[n] any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
[n] a recently enlisted soldier
[v] cause to assemble or enlist; "raise an army"
[v] seek to employ; "The lab director recruited an able crew of assistants"
[v] register formally; as a participant or member



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*cruit" (r?*kr?t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recruited;
p. pr. & vb. n. Recruiting.] [F. recruter, corrupted (under
influence of recrue recruiting, recruit, from recro[^i]/tre,
p. p. recr[^u], to grow again) from an older recluter,
properly, to patch, to mend (a garment); pref. re- + OF. clut
piece, piece of cloth; cf. Icel. kl[=u]tr kerchief, E.
clout.]
1. To repair by fresh supplies, as anything wasted; to remedy
lack or deficiency in; as, food recruits the flesh; fresh
air and exercise recruit the spirits.

Her cheeks glow the brighter, recruiting their
color. --Glanvill.

2. Hence, to restore the wasted vigor of; to renew in
strength or health; to reinvigorate.

3. To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up
by enlistment; as, he recruited two regiments; the army
was recruited for a campaign; also, to muster; to enlist;
as, he recruited fifty men. --M. Arnold.


Re*cruit", v. i.
1. To gain new supplies of anything wasted; to gain health,
flesh, spirits, or the like; to recuperate; as, lean
cattle recruit in fresh pastures.

2. To gain new supplies of men for military or other service;
to raise or enlist new soldiers; to enlist troops.


Re*cruit", n.
1. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a
re["e]nforcement.

The state is to have recruits to its strength, and
remedies to its distempers. --Burke.

2. Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a
newly enlisted soldier.

Synonyms: enlistee, enrol, enroll, enter, inscribe, levy, raise

See Also: Black and Tan, draft, draft, engage, enlist, enlist, enlist, enlisted man, entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, matriculate, muster in, muster in, neophyte, newcomer, raw recruit, register, sprog, starter, unionise, unionize

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