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Definition of employ verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they employ
    he / she / it employs
    past simple employed
    -ing form employing
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  1. 1to give someone a job to do for payment employ somebody How many people does the company employ? employ somebody as something For the past three years he has been employed as a firefighter. employ somebody to do something A number of people have been employed to deal with the backlog of work. Topic CollocationsJobsgetting a job look for work look for/apply for/go for a job get/pick up/complete/fill out an application (form) send/e-mail your résumé/CV/application/application form/cover letter be called for/have/attend an interview offer somebody a job/work/employment/a promotion find/get/land a job employ/hire/recruit staff/workers/trainees recruit/appoint a managerdoing a job arrive at/get to/leave work/the office/the factory start/finish work/your shift do/put in/work overtime have/gain/get/lack/need experience/qualifications do/get/have/receive training learn/pick up/improve/develop (your) skills cope with/manage/share/spread/delegate the workload improve your/achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/job securitybuilding a career have a job/work/a career/a vocation find/follow/pursue your vocation enter/go into/join a profession choose/embark on/start/begin/pursue a career change jobs/professions/careers be/go/work freelance do/take on temp work/freelance work do/be engaged in/be involved in volunteer workleaving your job leave/quit/resign from your job give up work/your job/your career hand in your notice/resignation plan to/be due to retire in June/next year, etc. take early retirement see also self-employed, unemployed
  2. 2employ something (formal) to use something such as a skill, method, etc. for a particular purpose He criticized the repressive methods employed by the country's government. The police had to employ force to enter the building.
  3. Idioms
    be employed in doing something
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    if a person or their time is employed in doing something, the person spends time doing that thing She was employed in making a list of all the jobs to be done.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: employ