Definitions for employɛmˈplɔɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. employment, employ(verb)

    the state of being employed or having a job

    "they are looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the city"

  2. use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ(verb)

    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

    "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

  3. hire, engage, employ(verb)

    engage or hire for work

    "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"


  1. employ(Noun)

    The state of being an employee; employment.

    The school district has six thousand teachers in its employ.

  2. employ(Verb)

    To give someone work or a job.

  3. employ(Verb)

    To put something into use or service; to make use of.

    How do you employ your spare time?

Webster Dictionary

  1. Employ(verb)

    to inclose; to infold

  2. Employ(verb)

    to use; to have in service; to cause to be engaged in doing something; -- often followed by in, about, on, or upon, and sometimes by to; as: (a) To make use of, as an instrument, a means, a material, etc., for a specific purpose; to apply; as, to employ the pen in writing, bricks in building, words and phrases in speaking; to employ the mind; to employ one's energies

  3. Employ(verb)

    to occupy; as, to employ time in study

  4. Employ(verb)

    to have or keep at work; to give employment or occupation to; to intrust with some duty or behest; as, to employ a hundred workmen; to employ an envoy

  5. Employ(noun)

    that which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular service or business; employment

  6. Origin: [Cf. F. emploi.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'employ' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3832

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'employ' in Verbs Frequency: #269

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