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Meaning & Definition of Employ in English

English

Employ

/ɛmplɔɪ/

noun

1. The state of being employed or having a job

  • "They are looking for employment"
  • "He was in the employ of the city"
    synonym:
  • employment
  • ,
  • employ

verb

1. Put into service

  • Make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  • "Use your head!"
  • "We only use spanish at home"
  • "I can't use 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"
    synonym:
  • use
  • ,
  • utilize
  • ,
  • utilise
  • ,
  • apply
  • ,
  • employ

2. Engage or hire for work

  • "They hired two new secretaries in the department"
  • "How many people has she employed?"
    synonym:
  • hire
  • ,
  • engage
  • ,
  • employ

Examples of using

Japanese education is sometimes said to employ the drill and kill method.
They have been in my employ for five years.
I will employ the girl, because she can speak French.