the state of being employed or having a job
"they are looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the city"
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"
hire, engage, employ(verb)
engage or hire for work
"They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
The state of being an employee; employment.
The school district has six thousand teachers in its employ.
To give someone work or a job.
To put something into use or service; to make use of.
How do you employ your spare time?
to inclose; to infold
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
to occupy; as, to employ time in study
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
that which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular service or business; employment
Origin: [Cf. F. emploi.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'employ' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3832
Rank popularity for the word 'employ' in Verbs Frequency: #269
The numerical value of employ in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of employ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The sharp employ the sharp.
Do not employ handsome servants.
We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.
One loses all the time which he might employ to better purpose.
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Translations for employ
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- شغل, استخدم, استعمل, وظف, توظيفArabic
- давам работа, употребявам, наемамBulgarian
- zaměstnat, využítCzech
- anwerben, anstellen, verwenden, einsetzen, einstellenGerman
- απασχολώ, χρησιμοποιώGreek
- contratar, emplearSpanish
- ottaa työhön, palkata, työllistää, käyttääFinnish
- recruter, employer, embaucherFrench
- bain úsáid as, fostaighIrish
- iomair, fastaidhScottish Gaelic
- ingaggiare, impiegareItalian
- 雇う, 雇用Japanese
- contratar, empregarPortuguese
- употреблять, нанять, использовать, нанимать, трудоустраивать, трудоустроитьRussian
- anställa, använda, begagnaSwedish
- vobükön, cälönVolapük
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