Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a recently enlisted soldier
  2. (noun, person) any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
  3. (verb, social) register formally as a participant or member
  4. (verb, possession) seek to employ
  5. (verb, competition) cause to assemble or enlist in the military
    recruit new soldiers

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Origin of the word Recruit

  1. 1635, "to strengthen, reinforce," from obsolete Fr. recruter (17c.), from recrute, Picardy dialect variant of recrue "levy," lit. "new growth," from O.Fr. recreu, pp. of recreistre "grow or increase again," from re- "again" + creistre "to grow," from L. crescere "to grow" (see crescent). "The French word first appeared in … more

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