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  ( 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.   (=use)  
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.  
usu passive  
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.  
FORMAL  
in the employ of sb/sth      phrase  
Others hinted that he was in the employ of the KGB...     
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n.
technique used for smoking a marijuana joint in two, consisting in one person inhaling the smoke exhaled by the other one
slang
n.
police crowd management technique that consists of herding people into a compact group. AKA corralling
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