What does employ mean?

Definitions for employ
ɛmˈplɔɪem·ploy

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. emploi.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. emploi.]

  3. Employ(verb)

    to occupy; as, to employ time in study

    Etymology: [Cf. F. emploi.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. emploi.]

  5. Employ(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. employ

    To give employment to.

    They did employ people from every nationality.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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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How to say employ in sign language?

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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

Examples of employ in a Sentence

  1. Scott Gottlieb:

    As part of our Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, we'll continue to employ all the tools at our disposal to monitor, penalize and prevent sales of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to minors at brick-and-mortar stores and Internet storefronts as we work to ensure these products are sold in ways that make them less accessible and appealing to kids.

  2. Jonathan Gibralter:

    It's not easy just to find what is the best research evidence, what are the best tried and true strategies. Of all of those strategies, if I were to take the time and research them myself, how do I know how valid they are? How do I know how effective they are? How do I know which one I would employ above any other?

  3. Scott Morrison:

    A stronger economy where people have the confidence to invest more, to employ more, to invent more, to work hard.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    If a woman is projected publicly as successful with awards and rewards, it is time to employ open mind full to see the men behind her.

  5. College President Sandy Shugart:

    Following a comprehensive external investigation and a thorough internal review, we identified teaching methods that employ sophisticated simulators and have decided to permanently discontinue the use of student volunteers for transvaginal ultrasound scanning.

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