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em·ploy  audio  (m-ploi) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
em·ployed, em·ploy·ing, em·ploys
    1. To engage the services of; put to work: agreed to employ the job applicant.
    2. To provide with gainful work: factories that employ thousands.
  1. To put to use or service. See Synonyms at use.
  2. To devote (time, for example) to an activity or purpose: employed several months in learning Swahili.
NOUN:
  1. The state of being employed: in the employ of the city.
  2. Archaic Occupation.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English emploien, from Old French emploier, from Latin implicre, to involve : in-, in ; see en-1 + plicre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
em·ploya·bili·ty(Noun), em·ploya·ble(Adjective), em·ployer(Noun)


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