Definitions for employɛmˈplɔɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

em•ployɛmˈplɔɪ(v.t.)

  1. to engage the services of (a person or persons); hire.

  2. to make use of for a specific task:

    employed computers to solve the problem.

  3. to devote (time, energies, etc.) to a particular activity.

  4. (n.)employment; service.

Origin of employ:

1425–75; < MF emploier蠐 L implicāre to enfold

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?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. employ(verb)ɛmˈplɔɪ

    to pay sb to work for you

    The company employs 31 people.; We employed him to tutor our son.; He was employed as a gym teacher.

  2. employɛmˈplɔɪ

    to use for a particular purpose

    criminals who had employed dishonest means to make money

Wiktionary

  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

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


Translations for employ

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

employ(verb)

to give (especially paid) work to

He employs three typists; She is employed as a teacher.

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