Definition of employ in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
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.
- Example sentences
- The ratio of employed workers to population is a statistic of very questionable value.
- According to the official figures, over half of employed teens work in the retail sector.
- The rate of mortality for the unemployed is three times higher than for the employed.
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