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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Employ  \Em*ploy"\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  emploi.] 
  That  which  engages  or  occupies  a  person;  fixed  or  regular 
  service  or  business;  employment. 
 
  The  whole  employ  of  body  and  of  mind.  --Pope. 
 
  {In  one's  employ},  in  one's  service. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Employ  \Em*ploy"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Employed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Employing}.]  [F.  employer,  fr  L.  implicare  to  fold  into 
  infold,  involve,  implicate,  engage;  in  +  plicare  to  fold.  See 
  {Ply},  and  cf  {Imply},  {Implicate}.] 
  1.  To  inclose;  to  infold.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  This  is  a  day  in  which  the  thoughts  .  .  .  ought 
  to  be  employed  on  serious  subjects.  --Addison. 
  b  To  occupy;  as  to  employ  time  in  study. 
  c  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. 
 
  Jonathan  .  .  .  and  Jahaziah  .  .  .  were  employed 
  about  this  matter.  --Ezra  x.  15. 
 
  Thy  vineyard  must  employ  the  sturdy  steer  To 
  turn  the  glebe.  --Dryden. 
 
  {To  employ  one's  self},  to  apply  or  devote  one's  time  and 
  attention;  to  busy  one's  self 
 
  Syn:  To  use  busy;  apply;  exercise;  occupy;  engross;  engage. 
  See  {Use}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  employ 
  n  :  the  state  of  being  employed  or  having  a  job;  "they  are 
  looking  for  employment";  "he  was  in  the  employ  of  the 
  city"  [syn:  {employment}]  [ant:  {unemployment}] 
  v  1:  put  into  service;  make  work  make  use  of  of  employ  for  a 
  particular  purpose:  "use  your  head!"  "I  can't  make  use 
  of  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"  [syn:  {use},  {utilize},  {utilise},  {apply}] 
  2:  engage  or  hire  for  work  "They  hired  two  new  secretaries  in 
  the  department";  "How  many  people  has  she  employed?"  [syn: 
  {hire},  {engage}]  [ant:  {fire}] 




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