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.
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)]