employ

Definitions

  • Showing internal columns employed to support the roof
    Showing internal columns employed to support the roof
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v employ put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose "use your head!","we only use Spanish at home","I can't use this tool","Apply a magnetic field here","This thinking was applied to many projects","How do you utilize this tool?","I apply this rule to get good results","use the plastic bags to store the food","He doesn't know how to use a computer"
    • v employ engage or hire for work "They hired two new secretaries in the department","How many people has she employed?"
    • n employ the state of being employed or having a job "they are looking for employment","he was in the employ of the city"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system in India, employing over 1.6 million people
    • n Employ That which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular service or business; employment. "The whole employ of body and of mind."
    • Employ 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.
    • Employ To inclose; to infold.
    • Employ To occupy; as, to employ time in study.
    • Employ 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: 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest employer in Central Florida is Walt Disney World. There are approximately 50,000 people working there
    • employ To inclose; infold.
    • employ To give occupation to; make use of the time, attention, or labor of; keep busy or at work; use as an agent.
    • employ To make use of as an instrument or means; apply to any purpose: as, to employ medicines in curing diseases.
    • employ To occupy; use; apply or devote to an object; pass in occupation: as, to employ an hour, a day, or a week; to employ one's life.
    • employ Synonyms Employ, Hire. Hire and employ are words of different meaning. To hire is to engage in service for wages. The word does not imply dignity; it is not customary to speak of hiring a teacher or a pastor; we hire a man for wages; we employ him for wages or a salary. To employ is thus a word of wider signification. A man hired to labor is employed, but a man may be employed in a work who is not hired; yet the presumption is that the one employing pays. Employ expresses continuous occupation more often than hire does.
    • n employ Occupation; employment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hostess Twinkies were invented in 1931 by James Dewar, manager of Continental Bakeries' Chicago factory. He envisioned the product as a way of using the company's thousands of shortcake pans which were otherwise employed only during the strawberry season. Originally called Little Shortcake Fingers, they were renamed Twinkie Fingers, and finally "Twinkies."
    • v.t Employ em-ploy′ to occupy the time or attention of: to use as a means or agent: to give work to
    • n Employ a poetical form of employment
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Quotations

  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “It is not the employer who pays wages -- he only handles the money. It is the product who pays the wages.”
  • Claudius Galen
    Claudius Galen
    “Employment is nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.”
  • James Watson
    James Watson
    “It is necessary to be slightly under employed if you are to do something significant.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Do not employ handsome servants.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. employer, fr. L. implicare, to fold into, infold, involve, implicate, engage; in + plicare, to fold. See Ply, and cf. Imply Implicate

Usage

In literature:

In 1850 the manufacture of carriages and waggons employed 15,590 men, in 1870 it employed 54,928.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
Wages rise when two employers run after one workman; wages fall when two workmen run after one employer.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
It may also result from imperfect reduction, or because the apparatus employed permitted of secondary displacement.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
We employ the word "experience" in the same pregnant sense.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The prohibition was recalled, and thereafter he employed his authority only to preserve order in the coffee houses.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Unscrupulous employers often endeavor to control the votes of their employes.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
The workpeople would act as directed by the priest, even in matters connected with employment.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
On the petition of women a law was passed in 1887 requiring employers to provide seats for female employes when not on duty.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
I can find pleasanter employment.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
It is by their contraction that we are enabled to pursue different employments.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
I have usually employed 10 libs.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
I told him I wanted employment with my pen, perhaps only temporary employment.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
There is nothing like employment, active indispensable employment, for relieving sorrow.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
With the agencies making so much per day for each man employed, the way to improve business is to get more men employed.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
What the employer-capitalist gets for capital the employer, pure and simple, pays.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
By the trade I do not mean the employment of a merchant only, but the whole interest and business of the country taken collectively.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
For this purpose a filtered solution of bleaching-powder and a very dilute solution of nitric acid may be employed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Employers used the army of unemployed as an axe to cut wages.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
Of the present population, 408 are chiefly employed in agriculture, and 12,267 in trade, manufactures, and handicrafts.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
Invariably the wages, hours, and conditions of men employed on Municipal work are superior to those of men employed by companies.
"Britain for the British" by Robert Blatchford
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In poetry:

O let thy God and King
Thy sweetest thoughts employ;
Thy children shall his honors sing
In palaces of joy.
"Psalm 45" by Isaac Watts
Should you employ your Ridicule,
On those who Pity claim?
Think, Birtha, is the native Fool
For Wit a proper Theme?
"Verses Sent To A Lady, Who Took Delight In Ridiculing A Person" by Mary Barber
Isr'el, rejoice, and rest secure,
Thy keeper is the Lord;
His wakeful eyes employ his power
For thine eternal guard.
"Psalm 121" by Isaac Watts
To meditate thy precepts, Lord,
Shall be my sweet employ;
My soul shall ne'er forget thy word;
Thy word is all my joy.
"Psalm 119 part 15" by Isaac Watts
O for a shout of sacred joy
To God the sovereign King!
Let every land their tongues employ,
And hymns of triumph sing.
"Psalm 47" by Isaac Watts
Various cares mankind employ;
But to gaze on human woe
Seems the universal joy,
For which they all their cares forego.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

"Americans believe their employers are gifting them those vacation days, and you feel like you owe it back to your employers to take your vacation by checking in and emailing on your phone," Keeling says.
In addition, H-1B workers who do not work for their approved employers could pose a risk to homeland security because they may obtain employment in ...
Questions abound for employers after the enactment of health care reform as they struggle to predict what it all means for their businesses: Will employers continue to offer coverage.
The facility will employ about 130 workers initially, with employment projected to grow to as high as 595 after five years.
Are employers permitted to question the legal residency status of job candidates and can employers legally enforce non-compete agreements in California.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
A $5 billion fund to help employers pay for early retiree healthcare benefits was depleted well ahead of schedule, but experts say the impact on employers was minimal.
Washington employers added an estimated 3,300 jobs in March, marking 18 months of job growth in the past 19 months, according to the Employment Security Department .
Colorado employers last year shed nearly 17,000 more jobs than initially reported, according to revised employment counts released Wednesday.
Employers in the United Kingdom are not very accepting of workers becoming pregnant and would like to ask about family plans during job interviews, according to a recent survey by Employment Law Advisory Services.
If your relationship with the homebuilder was at-will, both you and your former employer may terminate your employment relationship at any time for any lawful reason, with or without notice.
How to Underwrite Self-Employed Borrowers January 1, 2007 By Tim Harrington Self-employed borrowers are among the most difficult for loan officers to underwrite .
A survey of 450 large employers identified "employees' poor health habits" as the number one challenge named by employers as they try to maintain affordable health benefit coverage (National Business Group on Health and Watson Wyatt, 2009).
In an employer-dependent system, tax subsidy may be necessary to motivate employers to offer retirement benefits to their employees.
In an employer-dependent system, tax subsidy may be needed to motivate employers to offer retirement benefits to their employees.
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In science:

The index nmax gives the order up to which the spectral determinant is expanded, i.e. the length of the longest (pseudo-)orbits employed.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The total number of primitive orbits employed is given in curly brackets.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
Here the important point is the following: The technique of expansion in small parameters (Feynman diagrams) can not be employed for strong nonlinear fields.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
For dynamics, we employ the following simple Markoff process.
Scaling Law and Aging Phenomena in the Random Energy Model
If E = Rd or Zd one can proceed quite naively by employing Kolmogorov’s fundamental theorem from the theory of stochastic processes ([K]).
Determinantal random point fields
The method employed in the proof is a standard technique used in problems of this sort.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Such strings would clearly not make any non-trivial contribution to the dynamics, so they can be ignored. 9We are employing the term IMF here to refer to the frame F where the circle is purely spatial: the momentum is infinite in this frame as a result of the shrinking radius.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
The previous MC studies employed finite scaling on ferromagnetic lattices of sizes L × L × L, with L ≤ 16.
Monte Carlo Simulations of the Random-Field Ising Model
The “randomness recycler ” technique we introduce here (and whose name is explained in Section 2) works for a variety of problems without employing the traditional Markov chain.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Alternatively, it is useful to employ probabilistic models to describe how list items are chosen to be accessed.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Recently, Mor and Horodecki proposed a conclusive teleportation protocol for a quantum state in twodimensional Hilbert space by employing a positive operator valued measurement (POVM) as the joint measurement at the sending station.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
The overall fidelity for conclusive teleportation is less than that for the teleportation employing the von-Neumann measurement.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
When it is employed for the joint measurement, we have a nonzero probability to teleport faithfully.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
Conclusive teleportation employs the joint POVM instead of the orthogonal measurement.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
However, the success of the simple employment of the RSB estimate is mysterious and seems to be related to the nature of the RSB.
Numerical Replica Limit for the Density Correlation of the Random Dirac Fermion
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