Origin of employ
OTHER WORDS FROM employnon·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)
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What does employ mean?
To employ someone is to pay them to work. An employer employs employees.
The state of being employed is employment.
A more specific use of employ is as a noun meaning employment or service. This sense of the word is almost always used in phrases like in their employ.
Employ also means to use, as in This task will require you to employ a different skill set.
Less commonly, employ can mean to keep one busy or occupy one, as in During flights I usually employ myself with some knitting.
Example: My company employs more than 500 people.
Where does employ come from?
The first records of the word employ come from the 1400s. It ultimately derives from the Latin implicāre, meaning “to entangle” or “to engage” (the word engage is sometimes used to mean “to hire” or “to employ”). The words employer and employee came later. In employee, the suffix -ee indicates a person who is the object or beneficiary of employment.
While employees are often seen as the ones getting this benefit—and the benefits that sometimes come with it, such as health insurance—the employee-employer relationship is based on the exchange of work for money. This exchange is often formalized through some kind of contract or employment agreement, and employ is most often used in the context of official situations like this. Sometimes, a person may get paid by a company or person for work, but they may not consider themselves to be employed by that person or company—that is, they don’t consider themselves an employee. Such a person may be a freelancer, and they may consider themselves self-employed.
When employ is used as a general synonym for use, it’s often employed in situations involving the use of something in a specific way or for a specific purpose, as in He’s employing rhetoric to create division.
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What are some other forms related to employ?
- employed (past tense verb, adjective)
- employer (noun)
- employee (noun)
- employment (noun)
- employable (adjective)
What are some synonyms for employ?
- employment (when employ is used as a noun)
What are some words that share a root or word element with employ?
What are some words that often get used in discussing employ?
How is employ used in real life?
Employ is commonly used both in reference to paying someone to work and as another word for use.
Microsoft planning new R&D center in Northern Virginia expected to employ 1,500 people @VTmetroDC @VT_CS https://t.co/vv0joDUiZJ
— Kurt Luther (@kurtluther) May 27, 2020
Group portrait of models employed by the Black Beauty agency (1969) pic.twitter.com/6BgNyv2pYK
— Afroink (@eatingwithgods) June 1, 2020
Mindfulness is the perfect awareness technique to employ when a conflict arises and wreaks havoc on our brains. https://t.co/4jKYMpR9jj
— Harvard Business Review (@HarvardBiz) June 4, 2020
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Is employ used correctly in the following sentence?
I was in the employ of the same company for my entire career.
How to use employ in a sentence
For example, just 14 states, not including Texas or New York, require child welfare employs and animal control officers to cross-report incidents of ongoing animal cruelty.We Need to Talk About Animal Cruelty and Mass Shooters|Marc Levin|June 29, 2022|Time
Here “usho” in the employ of Japan’s royal family don traditional garb and use flaming lamps to attract fish at night, each fisherman managing as many as a dozen cormorants at once in a balletic display that attracts a large tourist following.10 ways people hunt and fish without bullets or hooks|Steven Hill/Field & Stream|October 4, 2021|Popular-Science
He must be pretty good at his job, for as of 2021, Larry has been in the employ of three prime ministers, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, and continues to claw onto his position.The Jobs Animals Do|Sohini Das Gupta|September 5, 2021|Ozy
You cannot ask what happened to your gift, but nothing stops you from penning a chatty letter updating him on your life and thanking him for his many kindnesses while in his employ.Miss Manners: How to ask indirectly about a missing gift|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
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
After construction, the pipeline would employ about 50 people, primarily for maintenance.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 16|PunditFact.com|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some locations even employ chlorine mats that service members are required to wipe their feet on in order to enter.U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training|Tim Mak|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some factories do not employ Muslims on the premises who can oversee the process, Nana said.Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement|Sharon Adarlo|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All this will, doubtless, throw a number of deserving persons out of employ.
In fact, Frank was the only European in Meerut who would employ the man, whose extraordinary appearance went against him.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
To talk of an excess of labor, or an inability to employ it, in such a country as Ireland, is to insult the general understanding.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The bank did not employ him to steal, but to perform the ordinary banking duties.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
And if we did that, they would employ their usual treachery and evil methods, as they generally do.