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verb [transitive] employ pronunciation in British English /ɪmˈplɔɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleemploying
past tenseemployed
past participleemployed
  1. 1
    to pay someone regularly to do a job for you or to work as a member of your organization

    They employ a nanny, cleaner, and gardener.

    employ someone as something:

    Jean was employed by the company as a computer programmer.

    employ someone to do something:

    We should employ someone to manage production.

    be employed in something:

    A third of the population is employed in the coal mining industry.

  2. 2
    formal to use something for a particular purpose

    Two methods can be employed.


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