Employ meaning

ĕm-ploi
The definition of employ is the state of having a job.

An example of employ is working in a school.

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Employ is defined as to give someone work for pay, or to put someone or something to use.

An example of employ is for a couple to hire a babysitter to watch their children.

An example of employ is to put writing skills to use to write a book.

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To put (something) to use or service.

Employed a pen to open the package; employed her skills in the new job.

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To keep busy or occupied; take up the attention, time, etc. of; devote.

To employ oneself in study.

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To provide work and pay for.

Mining employs fewer men now.

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To engage the services or labor of for pay; hire.
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The state of being employed, esp. for pay; paid service; employment.
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(archaic) Work or occupation.
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The state of being an employee; employment.

The school district has six thousand teachers in its employ.

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To hire (somebody for work or a job).

Yesterday our local garage employed a new mechanic.

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To use (somebody for a job, or something for a task).

The burglar employed a jemmy to get in.

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To make busy.
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To devote (time, for example) to an activity or purpose.

Employed several months in learning Swahili.

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The state of being employed.

In the employ of the city.

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(archaic) An occupation.
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To make use of; use.
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Origin of employ

  • 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

  • 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