RECRUIT, verb transitive [Latin cresco.]
1. To repair by fresh supplies any thing wasted. We say, food recruits the flesh; fresh air and exercise recruit the spirits.
Her cheeks glow the bright, recruiting their color.
2. To supply with new men any deficiency of troops; as, to recruit an army.
RECRUIT, verb intransitive
1. To gain new supplies of any thing wasted; to gain flesh, health, spirits, etc.; as, lean cattle recruit in fresh pastures.
2. To gain new supplies of men; to raise new soldiers.
RECRUIT, noun The supply of any thing wasted; chiefly, a new raised soldier to supply the deficiency of an army.