- 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.
- to keep busy or at work; engage the attentions of: He employs himself by reading after work.
- to make use of (an instrument, means, etc.); use; apply: to employ a hammer to drive a nail.
- to occupy or devote (time, energies, etc.): I employ my spare time in reading. I employ all my energies in writing.
- employment; service: to be in someone's employ.
Origin of employ
Related Words for employuse, engage, handle, utilize, occupy, exploit, apply, operate, spend, retain, hire, enlist, bestow, exert, manipulate, exercise, fill, secure, procure, contract
Examples from the Web for employ
Contemporary Examples of employ
Such is her burgeoning popularity Toomey is looking to employ more instructors to lead her highly personalized exercise classes.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
We employ inventory management to help solidify their property and make sure they have a better record of their possessions.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Some factories do not employ Muslims on the premises who can oversee the process, Nana said.Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement
September 7, 2014
Anyone who thinks otherwise, to employ the emotional sophistication of “Shake It Off,” can suck it.Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Is Disappointing
August 19, 2014
It will only be open one day a week and will not employ qualified nurses or physicians.Iran’s Drinking Problem
August 16, 2014
Historical Examples of employ
He thought that our hero was about to beg to be taken back into his employ.
It is only right that I should employ a portion in His service.
How are they to employ the day, or what inducement have they to employ it, in recruiting their stock of health?Sunday under Three Heads
We shall have to employ two men to move the heavy furniture.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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What do you imagine you could employ yourself with down there?Weighed and Wanting
- to engage or make use of the services of (a person) in return for money; hire
- to provide work or occupation for; keep busy; occupycollecting stamps employs a lot of his time
- to use as a meansto employ secret measures to get one's ends
- the state of being employed (esp in the phrase in someone's employ)
Word Origin for employ
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.