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em·ploy

 (ĕm-ploi′)
tr.v. em·ployed, em·ploy·ing, em·ploys
1.
a. To provide work to (someone) for pay: agreed to employ the job applicant.
b. To engage the attention or activity of; occupy: employed himself for an hour reading blogs.
2. To put (something) to use or service: employed a pen to open the package; employed her skills in the new job.
3. To devote (time, for example) to an activity or purpose: employed several months in learning Swahili.
n.
1. The state of being employed: in the employ of the city.
2. Archaic An occupation.

[Middle English emploien, from Old French emploier, from Latin implicāre, to involve : in-, in; see en-1 + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

em·ploy′a·bil′i·ty n.
em·ploy′a·ble adj.
em·ploy′er n.

employ

(ɪmˈplɔɪ)
vb (tr)
1. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) to engage or make use of the services of (a person) in return for money; hire
2. to provide work or occupation for; keep busy; occupy: collecting stamps employs a lot of his time.
3. to use as a means: to employ secret measures to get one's ends.
n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) the state of being employed (esp in the phrase in someone's employ)
[C15: from Old French emploier, from Latin implicāre to entangle, engage, from plicāre to fold]
emˈployable adj
emˌployaˈbility n

em•ploy

(ɛmˈplɔɪ)

v.t.
1. to engage the services of (a person or persons); hire.
2. to make use of for a specific task: employed computers to solve the problem.
3. to devote (time, energies, etc.) to a particular activity.
n.
4. employment; service.
[1425–75; < Middle French emploier « Latin implicāre to enfold]

employ

use
1. 'employ'

If you employ someone, you pay them to work for you.

The company employs 7.5 million people.
He was employed as a research assistant.

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.

A number of ingenious techniques are employed.
The methods employed are varied, depending on the material in question.

You can also say that a machine, tool, or weapon is employed.

Similar technology could be employed in the major cities.
What matters most is how the tools are employed.
2. 'use'

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.

This method has been extensively used in the United States.
These weapons are used in training sessions.

employ


Past participle: employed
Gerund: employing

Imperative
employ
employ
Present
I employ
you employ
he/she/it employs
we employ
you employ
they employ
Preterite
I employed
you employed
he/she/it employed
we employed
you employed
they employed
Present Continuous
I am employing
you are employing
he/she/it is employing
we are employing
you are employing
they are employing
Present Perfect
I have employed
you have employed
he/she/it has employed
we have employed
you have employed
they have employed
Past Continuous
I was employing
you were employing
he/she/it was employing
we were employing
you were employing
they were employing
Past Perfect
I had employed
you had employed
he/she/it had employed
we had employed
you had employed
they had employed
Future
I will employ
you will employ
he/she/it will employ
we will employ
you will employ
they will employ
Future Perfect
I will have employed
you will have employed
he/she/it will have employed
we will have employed
you will have employed
they will have employed
Future Continuous
I will be employing
you will be employing
he/she/it will be employing
we will be employing
you will be employing
they will be employing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been employing
you have been employing
he/she/it has been employing
we have been employing
you have been employing
they have been employing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been employing
you will have been employing
he/she/it will have been employing
we will have been employing
you will have been employing
they will have been employing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been employing
you had been employing
he/she/it had been employing
we had been employing
you had been employing
they had been employing
Conditional
I would employ
you would employ
he/she/it would employ
we would employ
you would employ
they would employ
Past Conditional
I would have employed
you would have employed
he/she/it would have employed
we would have employed
you would have employed
they would have employed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.employ - the state of being employed or having a jobemploy - 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"
Verb1.employ - put into serviceemploy - 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"
overuse, overdrive - make use of too often or too extensively
cannibalise, cannibalize - use parts of something to repair something else
reprocess, reuse, recycle - use again after processing; "We must recycle the cardboard boxes"
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"
exploit, tap - draw from; make good use of; "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"
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"
exercise, exert - put to use; "exert one's power or influence"
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
put to work, work - cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"
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"
resort, recur, fall back - have recourse to; "The government resorted to rationing meat"
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
farm out, subcontract, job - arranged for contracted work to be done by others

employ

verb
1. hire, commission, appoint, take on, retain, engage, recruit, sign up, enlist, enrol, have on the payroll The company employs 18 staff.
2. use, apply, exercise, exert, make use of, utilize, ply, bring to bear, put to use, bring into play, avail yourself of the approaches and methods we employed in this study
3. spend, fill, occupy, involve, engage, take up, make use of, use up Your time could be usefully employed in attending to business matters.
in the employ of or in someone's employ in the service of, employed by, hired by, engaged by, in the payroll of They hinted that he was in the employ of the KGB.

employ

verb
1. To obtain the use or services of:
Idiom: put on the payroll.
2. To make busy:
noun
1. The state of being employed:
2. Archaic. Activity pursued as a livelihood:
Slang: racket.
Translations
يُشَغِّليُشْغِليُشْغِلُ، يَسْتَفيد منيُوَظِّفُ
zaměstnat
ansætteanvendebeskæftigebruge
palkata
zaposliti
foglalkoztat
notaráîa til starfavera upptekinn
雇用する
고용하다
darbdavysdarbuotojasdirbantispasamdytisamdyti
algotizmantotnodarbinātnodarbotiespavadīt laiku
zaposliti
anställa
ว่าจ้าง
çalıştırmakiş vermekişe almakkullanmakmeşgul etmek
thuê người

employ

[ɪmˈplɔɪ]
A. VT [+ person] → emplear, dar empleo a; [+ object, method] → emplear, usar; [+ time] → ocupar
the factory employs 600 peoplela fábrica da empleo a 600 trabajadores
thousands of people are employed in tourismmiles de personas trabajan en el sector del turismo
B. N to be in the employ of sb (frm) (as company employee) → ser empleado de algn; (as servant) → estar al servicio de algn

employ

[ɪmˈplɔɪ]
vt
(in a job)employer
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
(= use) [+ tactic, technique, method, strategy] → employer; [+ skills, talents] → exercer
n
to be in sb's employ → être au service de qn

employ

vt
personbeschäftigen; (= take on)anstellen; private detectivebeauftragen; he has been employed with us for 15 yearser ist schon seit 15 Jahren bei uns
(= use) means, method, tactics, skill, force, cunninganwenden, einsetzen; word, conceptverwenden; timeverbringen; you can surely find a better way of employing your timeSie können doch bestimmt Besseres mit Ihrer Zeit anfangen; they employed the services of a chemist to help themsie zogen einen Chemiker heran, um ihnen zu helfen
to be employed in doing somethingdamit beschäftigt sein, etw zu tun
n to be in the employ of somebody (form)bei jdm beschäftigt sein, in jds Diensten stehen (geh)

employ

[ɪmˈplɔɪ]
1. vt (give job to) → dare lavoro a, impiegare; (appoint) → assumere; (make use of, thing, method, person) → servirsi di, impiegare; (time) → impiegare
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
2. n (frm) in the employ of sballe dipendenze di qn

employ

(imˈploi) verb
1. to give (especially paid) work to. He employs three typists; She is employed as a teacher.
2. to occupy the time or attention of. She was busily employed (in) writing letters.
3. to make use of. You should employ your time better.
emˈployed adjective
having a job; working.
emˈployee, ˌemployˈee (em-) noun
a person employed for wages, a salary etc. That firm has fifty employees.
emˈployer noun
a person who employs others. His employer dismissed him.
emˈployment noun
the act of employing or state of being employed. She was in my employment; This will give employment to more men.

employ

يُوَظِّفُ zaměstnat ansætte beschäftigen προσλαμβάνω emplear palkata employer zaposliti impiegare 雇用する 고용하다 in dienst nemen ansette zatrudnić empregar нанимать anställa ว่าจ้าง işe almak thuê người 雇用

employ

vt emplear
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Agatha laughed, and said loudly, so that he might hear: "It is only a harmless madman that Miss Wilson employs.
The Moors of Aragon are called Tagarins in Barbary, and those of Granada Mudejars; but in the Kingdom of Fez they call the Mudejars Elches, and they are the people the king chiefly employs in war.
Be kind enough to pardon me, madame; but in this circumstance I am but the instrument which the king employs.
Ah, ah," murmured he, "is Dantes then a member of some Carbonari society, that his protector thus employs the collective form?
From the point of view of style, a healthy work of art is one whose style recognises the beauty of the material it employs, be that material one of words or of bronze, of colour or of ivory, and uses that beauty as a factor in producing the aesthetic effect.
It is plain," said the king, "there is a miracle; but God, who does so much for kings, monsieur le comte, nevertheless employs the hand of man to bring about the triumph of His designs.
The august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to you, and I may confess at once that the title by which I have just called myself is not exactly my own.
The African project at present employs my whole time.
He observed that he employs nearly ten thousand of them now.
The poet alone knows astronomy, chemistry, vegetation and animation, for he does not stop at these facts, but employs them as signs.
It was a very simple device, but perfectly effective, as I think any one will find who employs it in like circumstances; and I would really like to commend it to growing boys troubled as I was then.
Moreover, while a writer who deals with [48] easy themes has no excuse if he is not pellucid to a glance, one who employs his intellect and imagination on high and hard questions has a right to demand a corresponding closeness of attention, and a right to say with Bishop Butler, in answer to a similar complaint: 'It must be acknowledged that some of the following discourses are very abstruse and difficult, or, if you please, obscure; but I must take leave to add that those alone are judges whether or no, and how far this is a fault, who are judges whether or no, and how far it might have been avoided--those only who will be at the trouble to understand what is here said, and to see how far the things here insisted upon, and not other things, might have been put in a plainer manner.