Definition of recruitment in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of enlisting new people in the armed forces.

    ‘methods of military recruitment’
    ‘the recruitment figures for individual battalions’
    • ‘All branches of the military have exceeded their recruitment goals for the last three years.’
    • ‘The ministry also demanded that he change the script, alleging that it would discourage recruitment to the armed forces.’
    • ‘He said Defence also facilitated and worked to support the direct recruitment of Air Force personnel by Air Services Australia.’
    • ‘This has created a crisis in the armed forces with high desertion rates, poor morale and a sharp drop in military recruitment.’
    • ‘The army has launched its latest recruitment drive in Wiltshire.’
    • ‘Another is the United Nations convention on the rights of the child, which restricts recruitment of children into the armed forces.’
    • ‘Even though military units require no upkeep, a high level of recruitment or conscription will severely weaken the economic front.’
    • ‘The bursary scheme is expected to boost recruitment of engineers and scientists into the Armed Forces.’
    • ‘Its chief proponent has been Charles Moskos, an expert on military recruitment and retention.’
    • ‘Facing lagging recruitment figures, military recruiters are under increasing pressure to produce.’
    • ‘Military recruitment officers in Texas, Georgia and Tennessee reported unprecedented increases in applications.’
    • ‘The school bans recruitment because of the military's antigay policy.’
    • ‘There are matters relating to the level of recruitment for the armed forces at the moment, both in terms of the regular forces and the territorial forces.’
    • ‘He was attracted by recruitment material portraying the military in glowing terms.’
    • ‘He cited low unemployment and increasing job availability as other reasons why Armed Forces recruitment figures were declining.’
    • ‘Over 100 people took part in a demonstration outside a US military recruitment office in Pittsburgh last Saturday.’
    • ‘They joined, just like Gordon, during the army recruitment drive.’
    • ‘At this cinema, the managers have not seen fit to remove the military recruitment ads from the previews.’
    • ‘If military recruitment is down now, wait till the kids read this book.’
    • ‘It is at this point that even those governments who have shunned it in peacetime resort to the third method of recruitment, conscription.’
    1. 1.1The action of finding new people to join an organization or support a cause.
      ‘this was a deterrent to the recruitment of nurses’
      • ‘The Department of Health in England has been explicit in its support for international recruitment.’
      • ‘The museum has launched its first recruitment poster campaign to recruit younger helpers during National Volunteer Week.’
      • ‘Ministers hope to reduce the figure through recruitment and retention initiatives designed to make Scottish jobs as attractive as possible.’
      • ‘They use ostensibly charitable organizations for funding and recruitment.’
      • ‘Methods of recruitment and results for this survey have been reported in detail elsewhere.’
      • ‘The most effective recruitment drives are founded on issues, not just organizations.’
      • ‘Responses did not differ according to type of treatment, method of recruitment, or characteristics of respondents outlined in the table.’
      • ‘That is why the recruitment industry has grown enormously over the past 10 years.’
      • ‘Organizations engaged in recruitment should, as a result, collect data about the applicant pool.’
      • ‘When a union prioritises recruitment and organisation people join.’
      • ‘This method of recruitment may explain why a substantial number of eligible subjects refused.’
      • ‘These programmes include awareness campaigns to support recruitment of potential participants into clinical trials.’
      • ‘And faced with a shortage of human collateral what method of recruitment would you expect a major IT company to employ?’
      • ‘Meanwhile, job agencies are organising a major nurses' recruitment fair later this month.’
      • ‘A recruitment drive is to be launched to find a team of dedicated volunteers to man the front desk at Kingston police station.’
      • ‘But if published recruitment figures are to be believed, the party is no decaying monolith.’
      • ‘America wants to recruit 1m nurses by 2010 and has launched a recruitment drive in Britain.’
      • ‘To sustain agriculture at its current status, recruitment of outstanding individuals must be enhanced.’
      • ‘To do this the trade union movement must develop a youthful edge that is about much more than recruitment figures.’
      • ‘The bulk of that figure was generated by way of public sector recruitment while part-time work also added to the higher jobs figure, it said.’
      • ‘A recruitment drive has been launched to find more people to become volunteers in the borough.’
  • 2Ecology
    The increase in a natural population as progeny grow and new members arrive.

    ‘the black-tailed deer is notoriously capable of population recruitment after numbers are depleted’
    • ‘The effect of both is to minimize the effects of temporally variable recruitment on total population size.’
    • ‘Our findings suggest that cowbirds are relatively long lived and that recruitment into the breeding population is low.’
    • ‘The four remaining plots were left as controls to record natural recruitment.’
    • ‘All nestlings were banded, which enabled a study of recruitment to the breeding population.’
    • ‘These patterns may have implications for population survival and recruitment in forests.’
  • 3Physiology
    The incorporation of cells from elsewhere in the body into a tissue or region.

    ‘inflammatory cell recruitment’
    • ‘The endothelium is the primary portal for inflammatory cell recruitment.’
    • ‘The side effect is inflammation and recruitment of these specific inflammatory and immune cells that are characteristic of the disease.’
    • ‘Several of these cytokines are involved in monocyte production and recruitment.’
    • ‘The end result would be the recruitment of antigen-specific T cells to the lung.’
    • ‘Chemokines are important regulators of cell recruitment to the allergic airway.’
    induction, introduction, admission, admittance, installation, incorporation, ordination, investiture, investment, enlistment, enrolment, recruitment
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