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RECRUIT, v.t. [L. cresco.]

1. To repair by fresh supplies any thing wasted. We say, food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.

Her cheeks glow the bright, recruiting their color.

2. To supply with new men any deficiency of troops; as, to recruit an army.

RECRUIT, v.i.

1. To gain new supplies of any thing wasted; to gain flesh, health, spirits, &c.; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.

2. To gain new supplies of men; to raise new soldiers.

RECRUIT, n. The supply of any thing wasted; chiefly, a new raised soldier to supply the deficiency of an army.




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RECRUIT, v.t. [L. cresco.]

1. To repair by fresh supplies any thing wasted. We say, food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.

Her cheeks glow the bright, recruiting their color.

2. To supply with new men any deficiency of troops; as, to recruit an army.

RECRUIT, v.i.

1. To gain new supplies of any thing wasted; to gain flesh, health, spirits, &c.; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.

2. To gain new supplies of men; to raise new soldiers.

RECRUIT, n. The supply of any thing wasted; chiefly, a new raised soldier to supply the deficiency of an army.


RE-CRUIT, n.

The supply of any thing wasted; chiefly, a new raised soldier to supply the deficiency of an army.


RE-CRUIT, v.i.

  1. To gain new supplies of any thing wasted; to gain flesh, health, spirits, &c.; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
  2. To gain new supplies of men; to raise new soldiers. – Addison.

RE-CRUIT, v.t. [Fr. recruter; It. reclutare; Sp. reclutar; Port. reclutar or recrutar; from the root of Fr. recroître; re and croître, to grow, L. cresco; It. ricrescere, to increase.]

  1. To repair by fresh supplies any thing wasted. We say, food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits. Her cheeks glow the brighter, recruiting their color. – Glanville.
  2. To supply with new men any deficiency of troops; as, to recruit an army.

Re*cruit"
  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.

    Her cheeks glow the brighter, recruiting their color. Glanvill.

  2. To gain new supplies of anything wasted; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like; to recuperate; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
  3. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reënforcement.

    The state is to have recruits to its strength, and remedies to its distempers. Burke.

  4. Hence, to restore the wasted vigor of; to renew in strength or health; to reinvigorate.
  5. To gain new supplies of men for military or other service; to raise or enlist new soldiers; to enlist troops.
  6. Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
  7. 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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Recruit

RECRUIT, verb transitive [Latin cresco.]

1. To repair by fresh supplies any thing wasted. We say, food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.

Her cheeks glow the bright, recruiting their color.

2. To supply with new men any deficiency of troops; as, to recruit an army.

RECRUIT, verb intransitive

1. To gain new supplies of any thing wasted; to gain flesh, health, spirits, etc.; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.

2. To gain new supplies of men; to raise new soldiers.

RECRUIT, noun The supply of any thing wasted; chiefly, a new raised soldier to supply the deficiency of an army.

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