verb (used with object)
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.
to keep busy or at work; engage the attentions of:
He employs himself by reading after work.
to make use of (an instrument, means, etc.); use; apply:
to employ a hammer to drive a nail.
to occupy or devote (time, energies, etc.):
I employ my spare time in reading. I employ all my energies in writing.
employment; service:
to be in someone’s employ.
verb (transitive)
to engage or make use of the services of (a person) in return for money; hire
to provide work or occupation for; keep busy; occupy: collecting stamps employs a lot of his time
to use as a means: to employ secret measures to get one’s ends
the state of being employed (esp in the phrase in someone’s employ)


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