employ

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employ is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
employ

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA (key): /ɪmˈplɔɪ/ or /ɛmˈplɔɪ/
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Verb[change]

Plain form
employ

Third-person singular
employs

Past tense
employed

Past participle
employed

Present participle
employing

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Employ is on the Academic Vocabulary List.
  1. (transitive) If you employ someone, you pay them to do a job.
    The tanning company currently employs over 240 people in Caledonia.
    She had been employed by the hospital as a nurse for only four months.
  2. (transitive) If you employ something, you use it.
    Various methods are employed to change the way it looks.

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Noun[change]

Singular
employ

Plural
employs

  1. If you have someone in your employ, you are paying them to do a job.

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