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Definitions of employ

  1. put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't make use of 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the state of being employed or having a job; "they are looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the city" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To inclose; to infold. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. To occupy; as, to employ time in study. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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
  8. That which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular service or business; employment. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Business; occupation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. 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.
  11. Occupation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Employed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Employing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. 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.
  15. A poetical form of EMPLOYMENT. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. EMPLOYER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To use; engage at work. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. To have in service; furnish work for; use; apply. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. The state of being employed; service. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. em-ploy', v.t. to occupy the time or attention of: to use as a means or agent: to give work to.--n. a poetical form of employment.--adj. EMPLOY'ABLE, that may be employed.--ns. EMPLOY'É, one who is employed:--fem. EMPLOY'ÉE; EMPLOY[=EE]', a person employed; EMPLOY'ER; EMPLOY'MENT, act of employing: that which engages or occupies: occupation. [Fr. employer--L. implic[=a]re, to infold--in, in, and plic[=a]re, to fold. Imply and implicate are parallel forms.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. Use (thing, one\'s power, &c., for, in, on, about, an object); use services of (person); keep (person) in one\'s service; (n.) in the e. of, employed by. Hence employable a., employer n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. n. Employment; business; occupation; —public office; agency; service for another. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. To busy, to keep at work, to exercise; to use as an instrument; to commission, to intrust with the management of any affairs; to fill up with business; to pass or spend in business. Complete Dictionary
  27. Business, object of industry; publick office. Complete Dictionary

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