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Definition of employ:

  1. Employment; occupation; profession; office. To employ one's self, to busy one's self.
  2. To occupy the time, attention, and labour of; to use as an agent, instrument, means, or material.

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Examples of usage for employ:

  1. In general terms it may be said that to employ is to devote to one's purpose, to use is to render subservient to one's purpose; what is used is viewed as more absolutely an instrument than what is employed; a merchant employs a clerk; he uses pen and paper; as a rule, use is not said of persons, except in a degrading sense; as, the conspirators used him as a go- between. Hence the expression common in some religious circles " that God would use me" is not to be commended; it has also the fault of representing the human worker as absolutely a passive and helpless instrument; the phrase is altogether unscriptural; the Scripture says, " We are laborers together with ( co- workers with) God." That which is used is often consumed in the using, or in familiar phrase used up; as, we used twenty tons of coal last winter; in such cases we could not substitute employ. A person may be employed in his own work or in that of another; in the latter case the service is always understood to be for pay. In this connection employ is a word of more dignity than hire; a general is employed in his country's service; a mercenary adventurer is hired to fight a tyrant's battles. It is unsuitable, according to present usage, to speak of hiring a pastor; the Scripture, indeed, says of the preacher, " The laborer is worthy of his hire;" but this sense is archaic, and hire now implies that the one hired works directly and primarily for the pay, as expressed in the noun " hireling;" a Pastor is properly said to be called, or when the business side of the transaction is referred to, engaged, or possibly employed, at a certain salary.
  2. Soldier or no soldier, I'll never employ any man again who's joined a union.
  3. Precisely because the question would be so important, would it be necessary to employ every faculty I have in order to decide it.

Quotes for employ:

  1. One of the techniques terrorists employ is to allege torture and mistreatment when they are captured, regardless of whether it is true. - Linda Chavez
  2. The less one knows, the more he thinks he knows, and the more willing he is to employ any and all measures to enforce his views upon others. - Paul Harris
  3. The sovereign state has in our times become a lethal danger to human civilization because technical developments enable it to employ an infinite number and variety of means of destruction. - Christian Lous Lange
  4. A job should employ God -given talents in a way that glorifies Him. - Marvin Olasky
  5. Wealthy men, too, like several of those in our neighborhood, had so many slaves that they were compelled to buy other plantations on which to employ them. - John Sergeant Wise

Rhymes for employ:

  1. annoy, bolshoi, decoy, deploy, destroy, elroy, enjoy, malloy, mccoy, savoy.
  2. boy, cloy, coy, coye, croy, doi, floy, foy, goy, hoi, hoy, joy, joye, loy, moy, neu, oi, oie, oy, oye, ploy, roi, roy, soy, stoy, toy, troy, woy, yoy.
  3. illinois, redeploy.

Idioms for employ:

  1. employ sm in sth
  2. employ sm for sth
  3. employ sm as sth
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