Definition of


  1. (noun, state) the state of being employed or having a job
    he was in the employ of the city
  2. (verb, consumption) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    we only use Spanish at home
    I can't use this tool
    Apply a magnetic field here
    This thinking was applied to many projects
    How do you utilize this tool?
    I apply this rule to get good results
    use the plastic bags to store the food
    He doesn't know how to use a computer
  3. (verb, social) engage or hire for work
    How many people has she employed?

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Employ

apply, employment, engage, hire, use, utilise, utilize

Origin of the word Employ

  1. mid-15c., from M.Fr. employer, from O.Fr. empleier, from L. implicare "enfold, involve, be connected with," from in- "in" + plicare "to fold" see ply (v.)). Sense of "hire, engage" first recorded in English 1580s, from "involve in a particular purpose." Imply, which is the same word, retains more of the original sense. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Employ

empale, employee, enable, enfeeble, ennoble, enophile, enviable, enviably

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