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employ

[em-ploi]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to hire or engage the services of (a person or persons); provide employment for; have or keep in one's service: This factory employs thousands of people.
  2. to keep busy or at work; engage the attentions of: He employs himself by reading after work.
  3. to make use of (an instrument, means, etc.); use; apply: to employ a hammer to drive a nail.
  4. to occupy or devote (time, energies, etc.): I employ my spare time in reading. I employ all my energies in writing.
noun
  1. employment; service: to be in someone's employ.

Origin of employ

1425–75; late Middle English employen < Anglo-French, Middle French emploierLatin implicāre to enfold (Late Latin: to engage); see implicate
Related formsde-em·ployed, adjectivenon·em·ploy·ing, adjectiveo·ver·em·ploy, verb (used with object)pre·em·ploy, verb (used with object)re·em·ploy, verb (used with object)well-em·ployed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for re-employ

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Kruger's appointment expired by law in November 1877, and the Government did not think it advisable to re-employ him.

    The Last Boer War

    H. Rider Haggard


British Dictionary definitions for re-employ

re-employ

verb (tr)
  1. to take on (a previous employee) again

employ

verb (tr)
  1. to engage or make use of the services of (a person) in return for money; hire
  2. to provide work or occupation for; keep busy; occupycollecting stamps employs a lot of his time
  3. to use as a meansto employ secret measures to get one's ends
noun
  1. the state of being employed (esp in the phrase in someone's employ)
Derived Formsemployable, adjectiveemployability, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French emploier, from Latin implicāre to entangle, engage, from plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for re-employ

employ

v.

early 15c., from Middle French employer, from Old French emploiier (12c.) "make use of, apply; increase; entangle; devote," from Latin implicare "enfold, involve, be connected with," from in- (see in- (2)) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)).

Sense of "hire, engage" first recorded in English 1580s, from "involve in a particular purpose," a sense which arose in Late Latin. Related: Employed; employing. The noun is 1660s, from French emploi. Imply, which is the same word, retains more of the original sense.

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