Definition of employ noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪmˈplɔɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈplɔɪ//
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  • [uncountable]
  • Word Originlate Middle English (formerly also as imploy): from Old French employer, based on Latin implicari ‘be involved in or attached to’, passive form of implicare, from in- ‘in’ + plicare ‘to fold’. In the 16th and 17th cent. the word also had the senses ‘enfold, entangle’ and ‘imply’, derived directly from Latin; compare with implicate.Idioms
    in somebody’s employ, in the employ of somebody
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    (formal) working for somebody; employed by somebody How long has she been in your employ?
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