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tr.v. em·ployed, em·ploy·ing, em·ploys
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.
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•ble(ɛmˈplɔɪ ə bəl)
1. able to be employed; usable.
2. qualified to work and available for hire.n.
3. a person who is ready and qualified to work.
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|Noun||1.||employable - a person who is qualified and ready to work|
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
|Adj.||1.||employable - physically and mentally capable of working at a regular job and available|
unemployable - not acceptable for employment as a worker; "his illiteracy made him unemployable"