1 [intransitive and transitive]BESSO
to find new people to work in a company, join an organization, do a job etc:
We're having difficulty recruiting enough qualified staff.
Many government officials were recruited from private industry.
2 [intransitive and transitive]PM
to get people to join the army, navy etc [↪ conscript]:
Most of the men in the village were recruited that day.
to persuade someone to do something for you
recruit somebody to do something
I recruited three of my friends to help me move.
—recruiter noun [countable]
—recruitment noun [uncountable]