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employ

verb uk   /ɪmˈplɔɪ/ us  

employ verb (PROVIDE JOB)

B1 [T] to have someone work or do a job for you and pay them for it: How many people does your company employ? Can't we employ someone as an assistant to help with all this paperwork? [+ to infinitive] We've employed a market researcher to find out what people really want from a cable TV system. More people are now employed in service industries than in manufacturing.

employ verb (USE)

C1 [T] formal to use something: Sophisticated statistical analysis was employed to obtain these results.

employ verb (SPEND TIME)

be employed in doing sth formal to spend time doing something: He was busily employed in lacing up his shoes.

employ

noun uk   /ɪmˈplɔɪ/ formal us  
be in sb's employ to be working for someone
(Definition of employ from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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