What does employ mean?

Definitions for employɛmˈplɔɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word employ.

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?"

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

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Employ

    em-ploy′, v.t. to occupy the time or attention of: to use as a means or agent: to give work to.—n. a poetical form of employment.—adj. Employ′able, that may be employed.—ns. Employ′é, one who is employed:—fem. Employ′ée; Employēē′, a person employed; Employ′er; Employ′ment, act of employing: that which engages or occupies: occupation. [Fr. employer—L. implicāre, to infold—in, in, and plicāre, to fold. Imply and implicate are parallel forms.]

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of employ in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of employ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benjamin Franklin:

    Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.

  2. Chinese Proverb:

    If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if ypu employ him, don't suspect him.

  3. Osbert Sitwell:

    I have always said that if I were a rich man I would employ a profesional praiser.

  4. Dennis Rhee:

    These are mortgage-backed securities and swaps off mortgage-backed securities, it's not a strategy that anyone can employ.

  5. Socrates:

    Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.

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