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Employ meaning

Employment is a relationship between two parties, usually based on a contract where work is paid for, where one is the employer and the other is the employee.


  1. (v. t.) To occupy; as, to employ time in study.
  2. (v. t.) To inclose; to infold.
  3. (noun) That which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular service or business; employment.
  4. (v. t.) To use; to have in service; to cause to be engaged in doing something; -- often followed by in, about, on, or upon, and sometimes by to; as: (a) To make use of, as an instrument, a means, a material, etc., for a specific purpose; to apply; as, to employ the pen in writing, bricks in building, words and phrases in speaking; to employ the mind; to employ one's energies.
  5. (v. t.) To have or keep at work; to give employment or occupation to; to intrust with some duty or behest; as, to employ a hundred workmen; to employ an envoy.
Word: em·ploy
Pronunciation of employ: im-'ploi, em-
Function of employ: transitive verb
Origin of employ: Middle English emploien, from Middle French emploier, from Latin implicare to enfold, involve, implicate, from in- plicare to fold -- more at PLY
1 a : to make use of (someone or something inactive) <employ a pen for sketching> b : to use (as time) advantageously c (1) : to use or engage the services of (2) : to provide with a job that pays wages or a salary
2 : to devote to or direct toward a particular activity or person <employed all her energies to help the poor>
synonym see USE
- em·ploy·er noun

Synonyms of employ

Apply, Employment, Engage, Hire, Use, Utilize,

Antonyms of employ

Can, Dismiss, Fire, Sack, Terminate, Unemployment,