Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
recruter, corrupted (under influence of
recruerecruiting, recruit, from
recroî/tre, p. p.
recrû, to grow again) from an older
recluter, properly, to patch, to mend (a garment); pref.
clutpiece, piece of cloth; cf. Icel.
To repair by fresh supplies, as anything wasted; to remedy lack or deficiency in;
recruitsthe flesh; fresh air and exercise
Her cheeks glow the brighter,
Hence, to restore the wasted vigor of; to renew in strength or health; to reinvigorate.
To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment;
as, he; also, to muster; to enlist;
recruitedtwo regiments; the army was
recruitedfor a campaign
To gain new supplies of anything wasted; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like; to recuperate;
as, lean cattle.
recruitin fresh pastures
To gain new supplies of men for military or other service; to raise or enlist new soldiers; to enlist troops.
A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reenforcement.
The state is to have
recruitsto its strength, and remedies to its distempers.
Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To repair by fresh supplies any thing wasted. We say, food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.
Her cheeks glow the bright, recruiting their color.
2.To supply with new men any deficiency of troops; as, to recruit an army.
1.To gain new supplies of any thing wasted; to gain flesh, health, spirits, &c.; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
2.To gain new supplies of men; to raise new soldiers.