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Definition of "employ" []

  • To engage the services of; put to work: agreed to employ the job applicant. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide with gainful work: factories that employ thousands. (verb-transitive)
  • To put to use or service. See Synonyms at use. (verb-transitive)
  • To devote (time, for example) to an activity or purpose: employed several months in learning Swahili. (verb-transitive)
  • The state of being employed: in the employ of the city. (noun)
  • To engage or make use of the services of (a person) in return for money; hire (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To provide work or occupation for; keep busy; occupy (verb)
  • To use as a means (verb)
  • The state of being employed (esp in the phrase in someone's employ) (noun)

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Use "employ" in a sentence
  • "The only trick I employ is filleting the meat out of the cheeks."
  • "The only other variation we employ is buttered on both sides Texas Toast that's been grilled to golden glory."
  • "Another statistical measure they might have tried to employ is the ratio of hits on regular Google to hits on Google scholar, what I call the Internet amplification factor."