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re·cruit  audio  (r-krt) KEY 

VERB:
re·cruit·ed, re·cruit·ing, re·cruits
VERB:
tr.
  1. To engage (persons) for military service.
  2. To strengthen or raise (an armed force) by enlistment.
  3. To supply with new members or employees.
  4. To enroll or seek to enroll: colleges recruiting minority students.
  5. To replenish.
  6. To renew or restore the health, vitality, or intensity of.
VERB:
intr.
  1. To raise a military force.
  2. To obtain replacements for or new supplies of something lost, wasted, or needed.
  3. To regain lost health or strength; recover.
NOUN:
  1. A newly engaged member of a military force, especially one of the lowest rank or grade.
  2. A new member of an organization or body.

ETYMOLOGY:
French recruter, from obsolete recrute, recruit, variant of recrue, from feminine past participle of recroître, to grow again, from Old French recroistre : re-, re- + croistre, to grow (from Latin crscere; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots)

OTHER FORMS:
re·cruiter(Noun), re·cruitment(Noun)


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