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Webster 1913 Edition


Recruit

Re-cruit′

(r?-kr?t′)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Recruited
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Recruiting
.]
[F.
recruter
, corrupted (under influence of
recrue
recruiting, recruit, from
recroî/tre
, p. p.
recrû
, to grow again) from an older
recluter
, properly, to patch, to mend (a garment); pref.
re-
+ OF.
clut
piece, piece of cloth; cf. Icel.
klūtr
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′

,
Verb.
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′

,
Noun.
1.
A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reenforcement.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Recruit

RECRUIT

,
Verb.
T.
[L. cresco.]
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.

RECRUIT

, v.i.
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.

RECRUIT

,
Noun.
The supply of any thing wasted; chiefly, a new raised soldier to supply the deficiency of an army.

Definition 2022


recruit

recruit

English

Noun

recruit (plural recruits)

  1. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reinforcement.
  2. A person enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
  3. A hired worker
    These new recruits were hired after passing the interviews
  4. (biology, ecology) A new member of a certain population, usually referring to a juvenile.

Translations

Verb

recruit (third-person singular simple present recruits, present participle recruiting, simple past and past participle recruited)

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. (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.
    • Glanvill
      Her cheeks glow the brighter, recruiting their colour.
  4. (dated, intransitive) To recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like
    Lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
    Go to the country to recruit.
  5. (biochemistry) To prompt a protein, leucocyte etc. to intervene in a given region of the body.

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