Meaning of “recruit” in the English Dictionary

"recruit" in British English

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recruitverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈkruːt/ us /rɪˈkruːt/

C1 to persuade someone to work for a company or become a new member of an organization, especially the army:

Charities such as Oxfam are always trying to recruit volunteers to help in their work.
Even young boys are now being recruited into the army.
an army recruiting centre/officer

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recruiter
noun [ C ] /rɪˈkruː.tər/ /rɪˈkruː.tɚ/

He worked as a military recruiter in Texas.

recruitnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈkruːt/ us /rɪˈkruːt/

C2 a new member of an organization, especially the army:

Raw recruits (= completely new soldiers) were trained for six months and then sent to the war front.

(Definition of “recruit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"recruit" in American English

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recruitverb [ T ]

us /rɪˈkrut/

to persuade someone to become a new member of an organization:

The coach spends a lot of time recruiting the top high school athletes.
recruiter
noun [ C ] us /rɪˈkrut̬·ər/

He worked as a military recruiter in Texas.

recruitnoun [ C ]

us /rɪˈkrut/

a new member of an organization, esp. a military organization

(Definition of “recruit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"recruit" in Business English

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recruitverb

uk /rɪˈkruːt/ us

[ I or T ] HR to employ new people to work for a company or organization:

Our primary objective is to recruit, keep, and deploy good people.
recruit staff/workers/employees The loan will be used for start-up costs to recruit workers and provide ongoing operating expenses.

[ T ] to find new people to take part in an activity or event, or to help you in some way:

All new customers recruited this year are exempt from the annual fee for 12 months, as are existing cardholders.

recruitnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˈkruːt/ us HR

someone who has just joined a company or organization:

About 14% of new recruits are from ethnic minorities.

(Definition of “recruit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)