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Meaning of “employ” in the English Dictionary

"employ" in British English

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employverb

uk   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 ​yourcompany employ? Can't we employ someone as an ​assistant to ​help with all this ​paperwork? [+ to infinitive] We've employed a ​marketresearcher tofind out what ​people really ​want from a ​cable TV ​system. More ​people are now employed in ​serviceindustries than in ​manufacturing.

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  • employ verb (SPEND TIME)

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

employnoun

uk   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 ​particularpurpose: 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 ​callcentre 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 ​investmentmanager to ​manage its ​assets.be employed in sth More than 100 ​staffcurrently employed in ​sales and ​marketing will ​lose their ​jobs.
to use something: employ sth to do sth The ​company also employs ​directmarketing and ​mail to ​reachpotentialcustomers. Builders today employ more ​recycledmaterials than they used to.
be employed in doing sth formal to ​spendtime 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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