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English Dictionary: employ by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
employ
n
  1. the state of being employed or having a job; "they are looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the city"
    Synonym(s): employment, employ
    Antonym(s): unemployment
v
  1. put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
    Synonym(s): use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
  2. engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
    Synonym(s): hire, engage, employ
    Antonym(s): can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Employ \Em*ploy"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Employed}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Employing}.] [F. employer, fr. L. implicare to fold into,
      infold, involve, implicate, engage; in + plicare to fold. See
      {Ply}, and cf. {Imply}, {Implicate}.]
      1. To inclose; to infold. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
      2. To use; to have in service; to cause to be engaged in
            doing something; -- often followed by in, about, on, or
            upon, and sometimes by to; as:
            (a) To make use of, as an instrument, a means, a material,
                  etc., for a specific purpose; to apply; as, to employ
                  the pen in writing, bricks in building, words and
                  phrases in speaking; to employ the mind; to employ
                  one's energies.
  
                           This is a day in which the thoughts . . . ought
                           to be employed on serious subjects. --Addison.
            (b) To occupy; as, to employ time in study.
            (c) To have or keep at work; to give employment or
                  occupation to; to intrust with some duty or behest;
                  as, to employ a hundred workmen; to employ an envoy.
  
                           Jonathan . . . and Jahaziah . . . were employed
                           about this matter.                        --Ezra x. 15.
  
                           Thy vineyard must employ the sturdy steer To
                           turn the glebe.                           --Dryden.
  
      {To employ one's self}, to apply or devote one's time and
            attention; to busy one's self.
  
      Syn: To use; busy; apply; exercise; occupy; engross; engage.
               See {Use}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Employ \Em*ploy"\, n. [Cf. F. emploi.]
      That which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular
      service or business; employment.
  
               The whole employ of body and of mind.      --Pope.
  
      {In one's employ}, in one's service.
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