employ

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1em·ploy

verb \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

Synonyms
assume, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on
Antonyms
ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack
See Synonym Discussion at use

Other Business Terms

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

2em·ploy

noun \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

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