verb (used with object)
- employee association,
Origin of employ
Examples from the Web for employed
In fact, the estrogen that they employed did worse than castrate the subject—it could act as a cerebral depressant.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Apparently, the Major Case Squad is employed when homicides are fresh, East St. Louis Det. Gilda Johnson told me.
It has always featured the very best voices and employed the most sophisticated stagecraft of any opera house.
Politicians of both major political parties have employed "Born in the U.S.A." in recent years.Are Politicians Too Dumb to Understand the Lyrics to ‘Born in the USA’?|Parker Molloy|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Taxes are an obvious benchmark, since right now, employed teenagers are literally subjected to taxation without representation.Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too|Jillian Keenan|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At all periods many intaglios are found which could not have been so employed without great difficulty.
Of quite late years, however, this was corrected, and the few who were then employed were more liberally dealt with.
He expatiated with great profoundness and fertility of ideas, on the uses to which a faculty like this might be employed.Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist|Charles Brockden Brown
But Mr Nearthewinde is a safe man, and easy to be employed with but little danger.Doctor Thorne|Anthony Trollope
Four men, who were employed in cleansing a sewer, were so affected by the fœtid vapours, that they were unable to ascend.
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.