AskDefine | Define recruit

Dictionary Definition



1 a recently enlisted soldier
2 any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces) [syn: enlistee]


1 register formally as a participant or member; "The party recruited many new members" [syn: enroll, inscribe, enter, enrol]
2 seek to employ; "The lab director recruited an able crew of assistants"
3 cause to assemble or enlist in the military; "raise an army"; "recruit new soldiers" [syn: levy, raise]

User Contributed Dictionary



From recruter (as a verb).


  1. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reinforcement.
  2. A man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.


supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reinforcement
  • Finnish: täydennys
man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier
  • Finnish: alokas
  • German: Rekrut


  1. To make an attempt to enroll or enlist new members or potential employees on behalf of an employer, organization, sports team, military, etc.
  2. To supply with new men, as an army; to fill up or make up by enlistment; also, to muster; as, the army was recruited for a campaign.
  3. To replenish, renew, or reinvigorate by fresh supplies; to remedy lack or deficiency in; as, food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.
  4. dated intransitive To recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures; go to the country to recruit.


to make an attempt to enroll or enlist new members or potential employees
  • Finnish: rekrytoida, palkata
  • German: rekrutieren
to supply with new men, as an army
  • Finnish: täydentää
to replenish, renew, or reinvigorate by fresh supplies
  • Finnish: virkistää
to recuperate; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like
  • Finnish: virkistäytyä

Extensive Definition

Recruit (from the French recrue, from the verb recroître 'to grow again', i.e. replenish the ranks) can refer to:
  • a recently enlisted member of a military or paramilitary corps, still in training, as in :
  • Recruit (Japanese company), the Japanese real estate and telecommunications company
  • a rocket used as part of the Lockheed X-17
  • recomposition of lung (after distension)
  • an perspective athlete in college sports

See also

recruit in Danish: Rekrut
recruit in German: Rekrut
recruit in Spanish: Recluta
recruit in French: Recrue
recruit in Russian: Рекрут
recruit in Swedish: Rekryt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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