Definition of recruit :
1. A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reenforcement.
2. Hence, to restore the wasted vigor of; to renew in strength or health; to reinvigorate.
3. Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a newly enlisted soldier.
4. To gain new supplies of anything wasted; to gain health, flesh, spirits, or the like; to recuperate; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
5. To gain new supplies of men for military or other service; to raise or enlist new soldiers; to enlist troops.
6. 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.
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.
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- They might have reached Astoria almost as soon as Mr. M'Kenzie, but they had passed from eight to ten days in the midst of a plain, among some friendly Indians, as well to recruit their strength, as to make search for two of the party, who had been lost in the woods. - "Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific", Gabriel Franchere.
- The judge must have run as fast as his legs would carry him; for, in about ten minutes, he was back again, with a diplomatic recruit. - "The Monikins", J. Fenimore Cooper.
- They would have the dog- meat to recruit their strength. - "The Silent Places", Steward Edward White.