- A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reinforcement.
- Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
Etymology: From recruter (as a verb).
- 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.
- Hence, to restore the wasted vigor of; to renew in strength or health; to reinvigorate.
- 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.
- To gain new supplies of anything wasted; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like; to recuperate; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
- To gain new supplies of men for military or other service; to raise or enlist new soldiers; to enlist troops.
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