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  1. em·ploy
    IPA[əmˈploi]
  2. verb

    • 1. give work to (someone) and pay them for it:

      the firm employs 150 people temps can be employed to do much of the work
      Synonym : hire, engage, recruit, take on, take into employment, secure the services of, sign up, sign, put on the payroll, enroll, appoint, commission, enlist, retain, have in employment, have on the payroll, indenture, apprentice, take on board
    • 2. keep occupied:

      most of the newcomers are employed in developing the technology into a product
      Synonym : occupy, engage, involve, keep busy, tie up, absorb, engross, immerse
    • 3. make use of:

      the methods they have employed to collect the data
      Synonym : use, utilize, make use of, avail oneself of, put into service, implement, apply, exercise, practice, put into practice, exert, bring into play, bring into action, bring to bear, draw on, resort to, turn to, have recourse to, take advantage of

    noun

    • 1. the state or fact of being employed for wages or a salary:

      I started work in the employ of a grocer and wine merchant
    • 2. employment:

      her place of employ
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: employ, 3rd person present: employs, gerund or present participle: employing, past tense: employed, past participle: employed

    • verb

      give work to (someone) and pay them for it:

      keep occupied:

    • noun

      the state of being employed for wages or a salary:

      employment:

    • adjective

      (of a person) having a paid job:
    • adjective

      (of a person) having a paid job:
    • verb

      employ again:
    • verb

      employ (a former employee) again:
    • adjective

      working for oneself as a freelancer or the owner of a business rather than for an employer:

      relating to or designed for people working for themselves:

    • adjective

      working for oneself as a freelance or the owner of a business rather than for an employer:

      relating to or designed for people working for themselves:

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