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em•ploy /ɛmˈplɔɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to hire the services of (a person or persons):The cotton mill employs over three thousand workers.
  2. to make use of for a specific task:They employed new computers to produce the catalog.
  3. to devote (time, energies, etc.) to a particular activity:She employs her spare time in reading.

n. [uncountable]
  1. employment;
em•ploy•a•ble, adj. 
em•ploy•er, n. [countable]See -ploy-.
    employ is a verb and a noun, employment, employer, and employee are nouns, employable is an adjective:He employs unskilled workers in his factory. Is she still in their employ? Employment is down. His employer fired him. The employees don't like the boss. You aren't employable without computer skills.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
em•ploy  (em ploi),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to hire or engage the services of (a person or persons);
    provide employment for;
    have or keep in one's service:This factory employs thousands of people.
  2. to keep busy or at work;
    engage the attentions of:He employs himself by reading after work.
  3. to make use of (an instrument, means, etc.);
    apply:to employ a hammer to drive a nail.
  4. to occupy or devote (time, energies, etc.):I employ my spare time in reading. I employ all my energies in writing.

  1. employment;
    service:to be in someone's employ.
  • Anglo-French, Middle French emploier Latin implicāre to enfold (Late Latin: to engage); see implicate
  • late Middle English employen 1425–75

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employ /ɪmˈplɔɪ/ vb (transitive)
  1. to engage or make use of the services of (a person) in return for money; hire
  2. to provide work or occupation for; keep busy; occupy: collecting stamps employs a lot of his time
  3. to use as a means: to employ secret measures to get one's ends
  1. the state of being employed (esp in the phrase in someone's employ)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French emploier, from Latin implicāre to entangle, engage, from plicāre to fold

emˈployable adj emˌployaˈbility n

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