- A supply of anything wasted or exhausted; a reenforcement.
- Specifically, a man enlisted for service in the army; a
newly enlisted soldier. - 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. - 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