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employ

verb
 
 
/ɪmˈplɔɪ/
HR to have someone work or do a job for you and pay them for it: The call centre employs over 100 people.employ sb as sth Mr Reid is employed as a lobbyist by the firm.employ sb to do sth The fund employs an investment manager to manage its assets.be employed in sth More than 100 staff currently employed in sales and marketing will lose their jobs.
to use something: employ sth to do sth The company also employs direct marketing and mail to reach potential customers. Builders today employ more recycled materials than they used to.
be employed in doing sth formal to spend time doing something: We have been employed in updating the catalogue for most of the morning.
(Definition of employ verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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