employ ( employs 3rd person present) ( employing present participle) ( employed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If a person or company employs you, they pay you to work for them.
The company employs 18 staff... V n
More than 3,000 local workers are employed in the tourism industry... be V-ed in/as n
The government counted 27,600,000 employed persons in West Germany. V-ed, Also V n to-inf
2 verb If you employ certain methods, materials, or expressions, you use them.
The tactics the police are now to employ are definitely uncompromising. V n
...the approaches and methods employed in the study. V-ed, Also V n as n
3 verb If your time is employedin doing something, you are using the time you have to do that thing.
Your time could be usefully employed in attending to professional matters... be V-ed in -ing/n
4 If you are in the employ of someone or something, you work for them.
in the employ of sb/sth phrase
Others hinted that he was in the employ of the KGB...
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