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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)

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.

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."