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employ

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verb em·ploy \im-ˈplȯi, em-\

Simple Definition of employ

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 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

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>.

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employ

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noun em·ploy \im-ˈplȯi, ˈim-ˌ, ˈem-ˌ\

Definition of employ

  1. 1 a :  use, purpose b :  occupation, job

  2. 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>



1666

First Known Use of employ

1666




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