- imploy (obsolete)
employ (plural employs)
- The state of being an employee; employment.
- The school district has six thousand teachers in its employ.
- To hire (somebody for work or a job).
- Yesterday our local garage employed a new mechanic.
- 1668 July 3rd, James Dalrymple, “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683),
- Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.
- To use (somebody for a job, or something for a task).
- The burglar employed a jemmy to get in.
- 1598, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act 1, Scene iii:
- Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you / against the general enemy Ottoman.
- (Can we date this quote?) Joseph Addison
- This is a day in which the thoughts […] ought to be employed on serious subjects.
- 2013 May-June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200:
- Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.
- 2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 18:
- The dispatches […] also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies. Having lectured the Arab world about democracy for years, its collusion in suppressing freedom was undeniable as protesters were met by weaponry and tear gas made in the west, employed by a military trained by westerners.
- To make busy.
to give someone work
to put into use
employ, apply — see use
- employ in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- employ in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- employ at OneLook Dictionary Search