Definition of recruit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈkruːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkruːt//
    The police
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  1. 1a person who has recently joined the armed forces or the police the training of new recruits He spoke of us scornfully as raw recruits (= people without training or experience). See related entries: The police
  2. 2a person who joins an organization, a company, etc. attempts to attract new recruits to the nursing profession
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the senses ‘fresh body of troops’ and ‘supplement the numbers in a group’): from obsolete French dialect recrute, based on Latin recrescere ‘grow again’, from re- ‘again’ + crescere ‘grow’.Extra examples Army recruits are all trained in first aid. It’s difficult to attract recruits when working conditions are so poor. She tried to gain recruits for the party. Their business schools provide recruits for domestic industry. Thousands of recruits had been enlisted and partly trained. new recruits to the party raw recruits marching up and down with the drill instructor All members were urged to go out and try to gain new recruits for the party. He spoke of us scornfully as raw recruits. They are stepping up attempts to attract recruits to the nursing profession.
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