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Definitions of employ

  1. To inclose; to infold. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To occupy; as, to employ time in study. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To have or keep at work; to give employment or occupation to; to intrust with some duty or behest; as, to employ a hundred workmen; to employ an envoy. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To give occupation to; keep busy; exercise; make use of; devote to; as to employ one's time in reading. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To occupy the time or attention of: to use as a means or agent. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To use; engage at work. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To have in service; furnish work for; use; apply. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To occupy the time, attention, and labour of; to use as an agent, instrument, means, or material. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To keep busy or at work; to use; to exercise; to engage the services of any one; to apply or devote to an object. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Employing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To use; to have in service; to cause to be engaged in doing something; -- often followed by in, about, on, or upon, and sometimes by to; as: (a) To make use of, as an instrument, a means, a material, etc., for a specific purpose; to apply; as, to employ the pen in writing, bricks in building, words and phrases in speaking; to employ the mind; to employ one's energies. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. That which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular service or business; employment. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. EMPLOYER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. The state of being employed; service. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Employment; occupation; profession; office. To employ one's self, to busy one's self. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Employed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for employ

  1. We should employ such terms as these: In future I shall always know well in advance when a fit is coming on. – The Practice of Autosuggestion by C. Harry Brooks
  2. Employ others to do what you can't do, and it must be done; but never to do anything you can do better for yourselves! – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
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