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7 definitions found
 for recruit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recruit \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.
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     2. To gain new supplies of men for military or other service;
        to raise or enlist new soldiers; to enlist troops.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recruit \Re*cruit"\, n.
     1. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reenforcement.
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              The state is to have recruits to its strength, and
              remedies to its distempers.           --Burke.
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     2. Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a
        newly enlisted soldier.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recruit \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.
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              Her cheeks glow the brighter, recruiting their
              color.                                --Glanvill.
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     2. Hence, to restore the wasted vigor of; to renew in
        strength or health; to reinvigorate.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  recruit
      n 1: a recently enlisted soldier [syn: recruit, military
           recruit]
      2: any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces) [syn:
         recruit, enlistee]
      v 1: register formally as a participant or member; "The party
           recruited many new members" [syn: enroll, inscribe,
           enter, enrol, recruit]
      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: recruit, levy, raise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  184 Moby Thesaurus words for "recruit":
     abecedarian, accommodate, add to, afford, alphabetarian,
     apprentice, arriviste, articled clerk, augment, baby,
     beat the drums, beginner, bespeak, book, boot, brace up, brief,
     bring back, bring to, call back, call to arms, call up, catechumen,
     clothe, commandeer, conscript, contribute, convalesce, deb,
     debutant, detach, detach for service, donate, draft, drafted man,
     draftee, emigrant, employ, endow, engage, enlist, enlistee, enroll,
     enrollee, entrant, fill, fill up, find, fledgling, fortify,
     freshman, fund, furnish, gain strength, gate-crasher, get back,
     get better, give, give back, greenhorn, greeny, hire, ignoramus,
     immigrant, impress, improve, increase, induct, inductee, infant,
     initiate, intruder, invest, join, keep, learner, levy, list,
     maintain, make available, make provision for, mend, mobilize,
     muster, muster in, neophyte, nestling, new arrival, new boy,
     newcomer, novice, novitiate, novus homo, parvenu, perk up, pick up,
     place in, postulant, preengage, prepare, present, press,
     probationer, probationist, provide, provide for, put back, raise,
     rally, raw recruit, reactivate, reanimate, rebuild, recall to life,
     recharge, reconstitute, reconvert, recoup, recuperate, reenact,
     reestablish, refill, reform, refresh, regain, regenerate,
     rehabilitate, reheat the ashes, reinforce, reinspire, reinstall,
     reinstate, reinstitute, reintegrate, reinvest, rejuvenate,
     rekindle, relight, renew, renovate, repair, replace, replenish,
     repossess, reserve, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, retain,
     retrieve, return, revest, revitalize, revive, revivify, rewarm,
     rookie, selectee, settler, sign on, sign up, sign up for,
     sleep it off, squatter, stir the embers, stock, store, stowaway,
     strengthen, subsidize, summon, supplement, supply, support,
     take into employment, take on, tenderfoot, trainee,
     turn the corner, tyro, upstart, warm over, warm up, yield
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RECRUIT. A newly made soldier. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RECRUIT, n.  A person distinguishable from a civilian by his uniform
  and from a soldier by his gait.
  
      Fresh from the farm or factory or street,
      His marching, in pursuit or in retreat,
          Were an impressive martial spectacle
      Except for two impediments -- his feet.
                                                        Thompson Johnson
  

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