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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: recrute 'new growth, new soldiers', from Old French recroistre 'to grow up again'

recruit

2 noun
     
recruit2 [countable]
1BOPM someone who has just joined the army, navy, or air force [↪ conscript]
new/raw/fresh recruit (=one who is completely untrained)
Drill sergeants have eight weeks to turn fresh recruits into soldiers.
2SSO someone who has recently joined an organization, team, group of people etc:
New recruits are sent to the Atlanta office for training.

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