Employ

Definition of Employ

Em`ploy´
v. t.1.To inclose; to infold.
[imp. & p. p. Employed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Employing.]
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.
3.To occupy; as, to employ time in study.
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.
n.1.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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