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1‘a special unit of Portuguese-speaking soldiers was recruited’
enlist, sign up, enrol, engage, take on, round up
call up, conscript
North American draft, muster in, induct
historical press, press-gang, shanghai
archaic levy, impress, list, conscribe, crimp, attest
2‘a king's power depended on his capacity to recruit armies and to lead them’
muster, form, raise, bring together, gather together, assemble, mobilize, marshal, round up, call to arms
3‘the company is planning to recruit a thousand new staff’
hire, employ, take on, take into one's employ
enrol, sign up, get, obtain, acquire
dismiss, lay off
1‘thousands of recruits had been enlisted’
conscript, new soldier
North American draftee, inductee
British informal sprog
North American informal plebe, buck private, yardbird
2‘the profession continues to attract a flow of top-quality recruits’
new member, new entrant, newcomer, new boy, new girl, initiate
beginner, novice, learner, tyro, neophyte, proselyte
North American tenderfoot, hire
informal rookie, new kid, newbie, cub
North American informal greenhorn
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