Definition of recruitment in US English:



  • 1The action of enlisting new people in the armed forces.

    • ‘The bursary scheme is expected to boost recruitment of engineers and scientists into the Armed Forces.’
    • ‘He was attracted by recruitment material portraying the military in glowing terms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They joined, just like Gordon, during the army recruitment drive.’
    • ‘It is at this point that even those governments who have shunned it in peacetime resort to the third method of recruitment, conscription.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Military recruitment officers in Texas, Georgia and Tennessee reported unprecedented increases in applications.’
    • ‘The ministry also demanded that he change the script, alleging that it would discourage recruitment to the armed forces.’
    • ‘Over 100 people took part in a demonstration outside a US military recruitment office in Pittsburgh last Saturday.’
    • ‘If military recruitment is down now, wait till the kids read this book.’
    • ‘He cited low unemployment and increasing job availability as other reasons why Armed Forces recruitment figures were declining.’
    • ‘All branches of the military have exceeded their recruitment goals for the last three years.’
    • ‘This has created a crisis in the armed forces with high desertion rates, poor morale and a sharp drop in military recruitment.’
    • ‘He said Defence also facilitated and worked to support the direct recruitment of Air Force personnel by Air Services Australia.’
    • ‘The school bans recruitment because of the military's antigay policy.’
    • ‘Its chief proponent has been Charles Moskos, an expert on military recruitment and retention.’
    • ‘Even though military units require no upkeep, a high level of recruitment or conscription will severely weaken the economic front.’
    • ‘Facing lagging recruitment figures, military recruiters are under increasing pressure to produce.’
    • ‘At this cinema, the managers have not seen fit to remove the military recruitment ads from the previews.’
    1. 1.1 The action of finding new people to join an organization or support a cause.
      ‘the recruitment of nurses’
      • ‘America wants to recruit 1m nurses by 2010 and has launched a recruitment drive in Britain.’
      • ‘The museum has launched its first recruitment poster campaign to recruit younger helpers during National Volunteer Week.’
      • ‘A recruitment drive is to be launched to find a team of dedicated volunteers to man the front desk at Kingston police station.’
      • ‘Organizations engaged in recruitment should, as a result, collect data about the applicant pool.’
      • ‘Ministers hope to reduce the figure through recruitment and retention initiatives designed to make Scottish jobs as attractive as possible.’
      • ‘And faced with a shortage of human collateral what method of recruitment would you expect a major IT company to employ?’
      • ‘This method of recruitment may explain why a substantial number of eligible subjects refused.’
      • ‘To sustain agriculture at its current status, recruitment of outstanding individuals must be enhanced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But if published recruitment figures are to be believed, the party is no decaying monolith.’
      • ‘Methods of recruitment and results for this survey have been reported in detail elsewhere.’
      • ‘To do this the trade union movement must develop a youthful edge that is about much more than recruitment figures.’
      • ‘Responses did not differ according to type of treatment, method of recruitment, or characteristics of respondents outlined in the table.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, job agencies are organising a major nurses' recruitment fair later this month.’
      • ‘The most effective recruitment drives are founded on issues, not just organizations.’
      • ‘A recruitment drive has been launched to find more people to become volunteers in the borough.’
      • ‘The Department of Health in England has been explicit in its support for international recruitment.’
      • ‘These programmes include awareness campaigns to support recruitment of potential participants into clinical trials.’
      • ‘When a union prioritises recruitment and organisation people join.’
      • ‘They use ostensibly charitable organizations for funding and recruitment.’
      • ‘That is why the recruitment industry has grown enormously over the past 10 years.’
    2. 1.2Ecology The increase in a natural population as progeny grow and immigrants arrive.
      • ‘Our findings suggest that cowbirds are relatively long lived and that recruitment into the breeding population is low.’
      • ‘These patterns may have implications for population survival and recruitment in forests.’
      • ‘All nestlings were banded, which enabled a study of recruitment to the breeding population.’
      • ‘The four remaining plots were left as controls to record natural recruitment.’
      • ‘The effect of both is to minimize the effects of temporally variable recruitment on total population size.’
    3. 1.3Physiology The incorporation into a tissue or region of cells from elsewhere in the body.
      • ‘The side effect is inflammation and recruitment of these specific inflammatory and immune cells that are characteristic of the disease.’
      • ‘Chemokines are important regulators of cell recruitment to the allergic airway.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The endothelium is the primary portal for inflammatory cell recruitment.’
      induction, introduction, admission, admittance, installation, incorporation, ordination, investiture, investment, enlistment, enrolment
      View synonyms