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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Em·ploy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Employed p. pr. & vb. n. Employing.]
 1. To inclose; to infold. [Obs.]
 2. To use; to have in service; to cause to be engaged in doing something; -- often followed by in, about, on, or upon, and sometimes by to; as: (a) To make use of, as an instrument, a means, a material, etc., for a specific purpose; to apply; as, to employ the pen in writing, bricks in building, words and phrases in speaking; to employ the mind; to employ one's energies.
    This is a day in which the thoughts . . . ought to be employed on serious subjects.   --Addison.
 (b) To occupy; as, to employ time in study. (c) To have or keep at work; to give employment or occupation to; to intrust with some duty or behest; as, to employ a hundred workmen; to employ an envoy.
    Jonathan . . . and Jahaziah . . . were employed about this matter.   --Ezra x. 15.
 Thy vineyard must employ the sturdy steer
 To turn the glebe.   --Dryden.
 To employ one's self, to apply or devote one's time and attention; to busy one's self.
 Syn: -- To use; busy; apply; exercise; occupy; engross; engage. See Use.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: having your services engaged for; or having a job especially
             one that pays wages or a salary; "most of our
             graduates are employed" [ant: unemployed]
      2: put to use [syn: made use of(p)]