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employ

[ em-ploi ]
/ ɛmˈplɔɪ /
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verb (used with object)

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.

noun

employment; service: to be in someone's employ.

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Origin of employ

1425–75; late Middle English employen<Anglo-French, Middle French emploier ≪ Latin implicāre to enfold (Late Latin: to engage); see implicate
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British Dictionary definitions for employ

employ
/ (ɪmˈplɔɪ) /

verb (tr)

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

noun

the state of being employed (esp in the phrase in someone's employ)
employable, adjectiveemployability, noun
C15: from Old French emploier, from Latin implicāre to entangle, engage, from plicāre to fold
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