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1employ

verb em·ploy \im-ˈpli, em-\

: to use (something) for a particular purpose or to do something

: to use or direct (something, such as your time or effort) in order to achieve a particular goal

: to use or get the services of (someone) to do a particular job

Full Definition of EMPLOY

transitive verb
1
a :  to make use of (someone or something inactive) <employ a pen for sketching>
b :  to use (as time) advantageously <a job that employed her skills>
c (1) :  to use or engage the services of
(2) :  to provide with a job that pays wages or a salary
2
:  to devote to or direct toward a particular activity or person <employed all her energies to help the poor>
em·ploy·er noun

Examples of EMPLOY

  1. The company is accused of employing questionable methods to obtain the contract.
  2. You should find better ways to employ your time.
  3. I had to employ a lawyer to review the contract.
  4. It's a small company, employing a staff of only 20.

Origin of EMPLOY

Middle English emploien, from Anglo-French empleier, emploier, emplier to entangle, apply, make use of, from Latin implicare to enfold, involve, from in- + plicare to fold — more at ply
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to EMPLOY

Synonym Discussion of EMPLOY

use, employ, utilize mean to put into service especially to attain an end. use implies availing oneself of something as a means or instrument to an end <willing to use any means to achieve her ends>. employ suggests the use of a person or thing that is available but idle, inactive, or disengaged <looking for better ways to employ their skills>. utilize may suggest the discovery of a new, profitable, or practical use for something <an old wooden bucket utilized as a planter>.

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

2employ

noun em·ploy \im-ˈpli, ˈim-ˌ, ˈem-ˌ\

Definition of EMPLOY

1
a :  use, purpose
b :  occupation, job
2
:  the state of being employed <in the city's employ>

Examples of EMPLOY

  1. <while you're under our employ, you can't do outside work for our competitors>

First Known Use of EMPLOY

1666

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite
EMPLOY Defined for Kids

1employ

verb em·ploy \im-ˈpli\
em·ployedem·ploy·ing

Definition of EMPLOY for Kids

1
:  to give a job to :  use the services of <The company employs over 500 workers.>
2
:  to make use of <They employ traditional methods of farming.>

2employ

noun

Definition of EMPLOY for Kids

:  the state of being hired for a job by <The gentleman is in the employ of a large bank.>

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