employ meaning

[ im'plɔi ] Pronunciation:   "employ" in a sentence
Verb: employ  em'ploy
  1. Put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    - use, utilize, utilise [Brit], apply 
  2. Engage or hire for work
    "How many people has she employed?"
    - hire, engage
Noun: employ  em'ploy
  1. The state of being employed or having a job
    "he was in the employ of the city"
    - employment

Derived forms: employing, employed, employs

See also: employee, employer, employment

Type of: state

Encyclopedia: Employ

verb, noun

verb [+ obj]


to give sb a job to do for payment:

How many people does the company employ?

For the past three years he has been employed as a systems analyst.

The number of people employed in manufacturing has fallen.

IT workers employed to install new computer systems

2 (formal)

to use sth such as a skill, method, etc. for a particular purpose:

the accounting practices employed by large companies


Employing people

• to recruit sb - Many businesses are having trouble recruiting workers with adequate skills.

• to hire sb (especially AmE) - If you want to keep growing, hire more salespeople.

• to take on sb - She was taken on as a trainee last year.

• to appoint sb - A new head of the Environment Agency was appointed last year.

• to headhunt sb - He was headhunted by a major US law firm.

See note at DISMISS



in sb's employ; in the employ of sb (formal)

working for sb; employed by sb:

How long has she been in your employ?


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  1. i left their employ after an argument.
  2. you could employ your spare time better.
  3. it then occurred to her to employ him in reading.
  4. the agent was in the employ of a foreign country.
  5. they employ a model which they call a cell model.

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