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Related to employed: employee, Capital employed, Gainfully Employed


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·bil′i·ty n.
em·ploy′a·ble adj.
em·ploy′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.employed - having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary; "most of our graduates are employed"
busy - actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"
unemployed - not engaged in a gainful occupation; "unemployed workers marched on the capital"
2.employed - put to useemployed - put to use        
exploited - developed or used to greatest advantage


1. working, in work, having a job, in employment, in a job, earning your living He was employed on a part-time basis.
working redundant, laid off, jobless, out of work, on the dole (Brit. informal), out of a job
2. busy, active, occupied, engaged, hard at work, in harness, rushed off your feet You have enough work to keep you fully employed.
busy idle, unoccupied


1. Having a job:
2. Involved in activity or work:
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(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.
References in classic literature ?
It was excellent drill for their memories, a harmless amusement, and employed many hours which otherwise would have been idle, lonely, or spent in less profitable society.
He, like George Willard, was employed on the Winesburg Eagle and for a long time he went to see Alice almost every evening.
Peter sold off everything, and left the country--went to be cook in a railway construction camp where gangs of Russians were employed.
Pontellier's arguments were usually convincing with those whom he employed.
Giving them reason to believe he was merely employed in a consultation concerning the future route, he spurred his charger, and drew the reins again when the animal had carried him within a few yards of the place where the sullen runner still stood, leaning against the tree.
We were busily employed in building this fort, until the fourteenth day of June following, without any farther opposition from the Indians; and having finished the works, I returned to my family, on Clench.
It was touching, and positively worthy of tears (if Phoebe, the only spectator, except the rats and ghosts aforesaid, had not been better employed than in shedding them), to see her rake out a bed of fresh and glowing coals, and proceed to broil the mackerel.
So, with lightsome hearts and the happy consciousness of being usefully employed -- in their own behalf at least, if not for our beloved country -- these good old gentlemen went through the various formalities of office.
I was all eagerness to see his face, but he kept it averted for some time while employed in unlacing the bag's mouth.
Because the Lord Warden is busily employed at times in fobbing his perquisites; which are his chiefly by virtue of that same fobbing of them.
Yes, I thought so, but we supposed she employed some one else now.
Among these was one of the special policemen employed by Durham, whose duty it frequently was to pick out men for employment.