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If you employ someone, you pay them to work for you.
If something is employed for a particular purpose, it is used for that purpose. You can say, for example, that a particular method or technique is employed.
You can also say that a machine, tool, or weapon is employed.
However, employ is a formal word when it is used to talk about such things as methods or tools. You usually say that a method or tool is used.
Past participle: employed
|Noun||1.||employ - the state of being employed or having a job; "they are looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the city"|
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
|Verb||1.||employ - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"|
dedicate, devote, commit, consecrate, give - give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"
play - employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base"
play - use or move; "I had to play my queen"
pull out all the stops - use all resources available; "The organizers pulled out all the stops for the centennial meeting"
put, assign - attribute or give; "She put too much emphasis on her the last statement"; "He put all his efforts into this job"; "The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story"
ply - use diligently; "ply your wits!"
address - address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question
waste - use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
misapply, misuse - apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly; "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"
avail - use to one's advantage; "He availed himself of the available resources"
exploit, work - use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"
strain, extend - use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"
enjoy - have benefit from; "enjoy privileges"
take - travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; "He takes the bus to work"; "She takes Route 1 to Newark"
share - use jointly or in common
implement - apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design; "implement a procedure"
practice, use, apply - avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
|2.||employ - engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"|
featherbed - hire more workers than are necessary
fill - appoint someone to (a position or a job)
engage - ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
ship - hire for work on a ship
sign on, sign up, contract, sign - engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
rat - employ scabs or strike breakers in
the factory employs 600 people → la fábrica da empleo a 600 trabajadores
thousands of people are employed in tourism → miles de personas trabajan en el sector del turismo
The factory employs 600 people → L'usine emploie six cents personnes.
He's employed in a bank
BUT Il est employé de banque.
to be employed as sth → être employé en tant que
He was employed as a technician → Il était employé en tant que technicien.
see also self-employed
to be in sb's employ → être au service de qn
he's employed in a bank → lavora in banca
we employed a painter to decorate the house → ci siamo serviti di un imbianchino per pitturare la casa