Employ Definition

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employed, employing, employs
To provide work and pay for.
Mining employs fewer men now.
Webster's New World
To keep busy or occupied; take up the attention, time, etc. of; devote.
To employ oneself in study.
Webster's New World
To make use of; use.
Webster's New World
To engage the services or labor of for pay; hire.
Webster's New World
To devote (time, for example) to an activity or purpose.
Employed several months in learning Swahili.
American Heritage
The state of being employed, esp. for pay; paid service; employment.
Webster's New World
Work or occupation.
Webster's New World

Origin of Employ

  • From Middle French employer, from Latin implicare (“to infold, involve, engage”), from in (“in”) + plicare (“to fold”). Compare imply and implicate, which are doublets of employ .

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English emploien from Old French emploier from Latin implicāre to involve in- in en–1 plicāre to fold plek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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