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RECRUIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does recruit mean? 

RECRUIT (noun)
  The noun RECRUIT has 2 senses:

1. a recently enlisted soldier
2. any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)

  Familiarity information: RECRUIT used as a noun is rare.


RECRUIT (verb)
  The verb RECRUIT has 3 senses:

1. register formally as a participant or member
2. seek to employ
3. cause to assemble or enlist in the military

  Familiarity information: RECRUIT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RECRUIT (noun)


Sense 1recruit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A recently enlisted soldier

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

military recruit; recruit

Hypernyms ("recruit" is a kind of...):

enlisted man (a male enlisted person in the armed forces)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "recruit"):

Black and Tan (an English recruit (who wore a uniform that was black and tan) serving in the Irish constabulary to suppress the Sinn Fein rebellion of 1919 to 1921)

raw recruit (an inexperienced and untrained recruit)

sprog (a new military recruit)

yard bird; yardbird (a military recruit who is assigned menial tasks)


Sense 2recruit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

enlistee; recruit

Hypernyms ("recruit" is a kind of...):

entrant; fledgeling; fledgling; freshman; neophyte; newbie; newcomer; starter (any new participant in some activity)


RECRUIT (verb)


Sense 1recruit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Register formally as a participant or member

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

enrol; enroll; recruit; inscribe; enter

Context example:

The party recruited many new members

Hypernyms (to "recruit" is one way to...):

register (record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "recruit"):

draft; enlist; muster in (engage somebody to enter the army)

unionise; unionize (recruit for a union or organize into a union)

register (enroll to vote)

matriculate (enroll as a student)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2recruit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Seek to employ

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

The lab director recruited an able crew of assistants

Hypernyms (to "recruit" is one way to...):

engage; enlist (hire for work or assistance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3recruit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to assemble or enlist in the military

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

levy; recruit; raise

Context examples:

raise an army / recruit new soldiers

Hypernyms (to "recruit" is one way to...):

draft; enlist; muster in (engage somebody to enter the army)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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