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English definition of “employ”

employ

verb [T]     /ɪmˈplɔɪ/
WORK B1 If a person or company employs someone, they pay that person to work for them: The company employs 2500 staff. [+ to do sth] They employ her to look after their children.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
USE formal to use something: Companies employ clever tactics to persuade us to buy their products.Using and misusing
(Definition of employ verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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