Meaning of employ

em•ploy

Pronunciation: (em-ploi'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to hire or engage the services of (a person or persons); provide employment for; have or keep in one's service: This factory employs thousands of people.
  2. to keep busy or at work; engage the attentions of: He employs himself by reading after work.
  3. to make use of (an instrument, means, etc.); use; apply: to employ a hammer to drive a nail.
  4. to occupy or devote (time, energies, etc.): I employ my spare time in reading. I employ all my energies in writing.
—n.
  1. employment; service: to be in someone's employ.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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