verb (used with object)
- employee association,
Origin of employ
Examples from the Web for 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|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some factories do not employ Muslims on the premises who can oversee the process, Nana said.
Anyone who thinks otherwise, to employ the emotional sophistication of “Shake It Off,” can suck it.
It will only be open one day a week and will not employ qualified nurses or physicians.
But soon my mind began to employ the interval more profitably.The Deluge|David Graham Phillips
Ivan heard all they had to say, and told them to employ him as a shepherd, taking turns in doing so.The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories|Leo Tolstoi
Such words as these, from an employ, were unusual to say the least.The Iron Boys in the Steel Mills|James R. Mears
He had been in my employ for many years, and I knew him thoroughly, and could trust him.The Expressman and the Detective|Allan Pinkerton
George Sand did not employ a versified form for her stories, but she belonged to the family of these poets.
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.