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"employ" in British English

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employverb

uk   /ɪmˈplɔɪ/  us   /ɪmˈplɔɪ/
  • 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.

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  • employ verb (SPEND TIME)

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

employnoun

uk   /ɪmˈplɔɪ/  us   /ɪmˈplɔɪ/ formal
(Definition of employ from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"employ" in American English

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employverb [T]

 us   /ɪmˈplɔɪ/
  • employ verb [T] (PROVIDE WORK)

to pay someone to work or do a job for you: The factory employs 87 workers.
  • employ verb [T] (USE)

to use something for a particular purpose: Jacobs employs this phrase repeatedly.
(Definition of employ from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"employ" in Business English

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employverb

uk   us   /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.

employnoun [U]

uk   us   /ɪmˈplɔɪ/
be in sb's employ (also be in the employ of sb) formal
to be working for someone: She has been in the company's employ for twelve years.
(Definition of employ from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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