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Employ is sometimes a misspelling of employees.

Definition of the noun employ

What does employ mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: employs

  1. the state of being employed or having a job
    • example: he was in the employ of the city
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of employ: employment
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes

Definition of the verb employ

What does employ mean as a doing word?

Employ is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: employed | employing | employs

  1. put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    • example: They employ the animals
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Adverb]I used the money well
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate, variable control with infinitive]I used the cupboard to store food
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Predicate]I spent the money for my training

      Use Verbs (with the same syntax): apply, use, utilize.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of employ: apply / use / utilise / utilize
    • more specific terms:
    • cause: apply / go for / hold
  2. engage or hire for work
    • example: How many people has she employed?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I hired two secretaries
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]I hired two secretaries as helpers

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): contract, engage, enlist, hire, recruit, reinstate, sign, sign on, sign up, subcontract, take, train.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of employ: engage / hire
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb employ


  1. To give someone work or a job.
  2. To put something into use or service; to make use of.

Phrases with employ

  1. Employ'd
  2. to employ

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for employ

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Google previewThe Elijah Enigma (2014)

The Prophet, King Ahab and the Rebirth of Monotheism in the Book of Kings by Hillel I. Millgram

The method we will employ is an analysis of the text on two different levels.

Google previewPerformance standards for the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program.

The reason given for no extra credit for educational improvements by the hard to employ is that one of the barriers defining...

Google previewLiberalism (2010)

Its Achievements and Failures by Kazuo Seiyama

To specify a good society, or public goods, what line of reasoning we should employ is the most fundamental and most controversial question. If one presupposes the existence of some kind of transcendent being, 44 The Contractarian Model ...

Google previewThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management and Encyclopedic Dictionaries, The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Management Information Systems (1999)

by Gordon B. Davis, Gordon Bitter Davis

To reflect this change in emphasis from data processing to management support, the systems and function began to employ the term management information systems. The term included support for various levels of management and for ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

It is used both as agent ; as, the king employed the minister! or cause, as, the pubttek credit employed the mi- For"thrice, at least, in compass of the yeas, The vineyard must employ the sturdy steer To turn the glebe. Dryden. a. In the following ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To Employ, v. a. [emploicr, French.] 1. To busy; to keep at work ; to exercise. — It is used both as agent ; as, thf king employed the minister; or, cause, as, the publ' ck credit employed the minister. — For thrice, at least, in compass of the year, The ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

sovereignty, supremacy empire ruler emperor employ apply, commission, devote, engage, enlist, enrol, exercise, fill, handle, hire, manipulate, occupy, operate, place, retain, service, spend, use, utilise, wield employ again re-engage, re-use, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Kansas Indians (1998)

by Donald Ricky

and to employ one superintendent of teaching and two teachers; to build two blacksmiths' shops, to one of which shall be attached a tin-shop and to the other a gunsmith's shop; one carpenter's shop, one wagon and plough maker's shop, ...

Google previewVGM's Careers Encyclopedia (2001)

by Editors of VGM

On small newspapers, advertising may be sold by all members of the staff, or the paper may employ a part-time advertising salesperson. Even more advertising dollars are spent on magazine advertising. Magazines use national sales ...

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Usage statistics about employ

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Quotes about employ

If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.
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Scrabble value of E1M3P3L1O1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of EMPLOY

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