cresc-, -cret, -crease

(Latin: to become greater or larger in amount or size, to grow, to multiply, to increase; to reproduce)

The words in this cresc- unit are closely related to the creat- unit.

excrescence (s), excrescences (pl) (noun forms)
1. An abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body.
2. Something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form.
3. Etymology: "the action of growing out", from Latin excrescentia, "abnormal growths"; from excrescentem, excrescens, which came from excrescere, "to grow out, to grow up"; from ex-, "out" + crescere, "to grow".
excrescent (adjective)
1. Added to or growing out unnecessarily.
2. Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
3. In biology, relating to outgrowth; such as, relating to or like an outgrowth on an organism.
4. Denoting, relating to, or resembling an abnormal outgrowth.
increase, increases, increased, increasing (verb forms)
1. To become, or becoming, greater or larger.
2. To multiply, or multiplying; to reproduce.
increaser (s), increasers (pl) (noun forms)
1. A person or something that increases.
2. Anything that becomes progressively greater; as in size, amount, number, or intensity.
3. Something which goes through the process of becoming larger, longer, more numerous, or more important.
increasingly (adverb)
1. A reference to advancing in amount or intensity: "After hearing about the death of her sister, she became increasingly depressed."
2. Descriptive of something that increases, or gets bigger, over time.
3. The amount or rate by which something is increased or has become greater or larger.
increment (s), increments (pl) (noun forms)
1. The amount by which something increases to a greater number, quantity, degree, or an amount.
2. A process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important.
3. An addition to or an increase in the amount or size of something; especially, one of a series of small, often regular or planned increases.
recruit (s) (noun), recruits (pl)
1. A new member of a company or an organization, especially someone who has recently joined: Henry was assigned by his supervisor to train the each new recruit of the company.
2. New members of the military: The new recruits will be going to the training center tomorrow.
recruit (verb), recruits; recruited; recruiting
1. To supply an organization, company, etc. with new members or employees.
2. To enroll someone as a worker, or a member, or to include people as workers or members.
3. To strengthen, to increase, or to raise an armed force by enlistment.

Whenever a recruit joins a military branch it results in an increase of military services.

recruiter (s) (noun), recruiters (pl)
1. Someone who supplies members or employees for a business, organization, etc.
2. An official who enlists personnel for a military service.
recruitment (s) (noun), recruitments (pl)
1. The enlistment of people for the military, or for a job, or a cause etc.
2. In medicine, during the testing of hearing, the gradual increase to a maximum in a reflex when a stimulus of unaltered intensity is prolonged: In audiology, an abnormal recruitment of loudness caused by a very slight increase in sound strength of the acoustic stimulus in an ear with a sensory hearing loss compared with that of a normal ear.

From French, recrutement, "increase"; from Latin re-cresco , from -cretus, "to grow again" or recru, "new growth".