Definition of employ in English:

employ

Line breaks: em¦ploy
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈplɔɪ
 
, ɛm-/

verb

[with object]
1Give work to (someone) and pay them for it: the firm employs 150 people [with object and infinitive]: temporary staff can be employed to undertake the work (as adjective employed) 83 percent of employed people were working in full-time jobs
More example sentences
  • The firm employs ten people and hires drivers when required.
  • The firm now employs seven people directly and a further 15 work at other facilities.
  • A total of 30 staff are employed by the firm at its Kendal and Lancaster offices.
Synonyms
hire, engage, recruit, take on, take into employment, secure the services of, sign up, sign, put on the payroll, enrol, appoint, commission, enlist; retain, have in employment, have on the payroll; indenture, apprentice
informal take on board
working, in work, in employment, with a job, holding down a job, with a career; professional, career; earning, waged, in gainful employment, earning one's living, breadwinning
1.1Keep occupied: the newcomers are employed in developing the technology into a product
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  • A large number of them are employed in activities such as stitching, packing and embroidery works.
  • They are employed in a variety of roles in the Glasgow bureau.
  • Krifsha was employed in the hiring of limousines, the court heard.
Synonyms
occupy, engage, involve, keep busy, tie up; absorb, engross, immerse
2Make use of: the methods they have employed to collect the data
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  • The method cities employ to collect unpaid property taxes varies from one extreme to another.
  • To maintain the water's clarity and purity, this wilderness area employs ingenious purification methods.
  • We need not look far for contemporary examples of blatant divisive methods employed by community leaders.
Synonyms
use, utilize, make use of, avail oneself of, put into service; implement, apply, exercise, practise, put into practice, exert, bring into play, bring into action, bring to bear; draw on, resort to, turn to, have recourse to, take advantage of

noun

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1The state of being employed for wages or a salary: I started work in the employ of a grocer
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  • This had to do with revealing that she was secretly in the employ of the Central Intelligence Agency, using a cover employer to disguise her affiliation.
  • Having finished his apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic, he had come to Australia in 1957 in the employ of the Commonwealth Government.
  • Thomas was ‘an industrious labourer’ and of ‘good character’, and worked in the employ of the local landowner.
1.1 archaic Employment: her place of employ

Origin

late Middle English (formerly also as imploy): from Old French employer, based on Latin implicari 'be involved in or attached to', passive form of implicare (see imply). In the 16th and 17th century the word also had the senses 'enfold, entangle' and 'imply', derived directly from Latin; compare with implicate.

Derivatives

employability

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • The higher qualification can add to the graduate's employability both in terms of starting salary and long term career progression.
  • The head teacher said: ‘It's about increasing their employability and it's also filling a skills gap.’
  • She believes that learning is not just about employability or achieving qualifications but about developing new skills, stretching yourself, taking up new challenges and making new friends.

employable

adjective
More example sentences
  • Not only are these students instilled with the confidence that they can make a valuable contribution to society, but they become instantly more employable and thus whole economies can benefit.
  • They're less successful, less employable, and less wealthy, largely because they're less integrated with the mainstream culture.
  • But there is no inherent reason why low-skill people should be any less employable at low wages than high-skill people are at high wages.

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