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.

(Em*ploy"), n. [Cf. F. emploi.] That which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular service or business; employment.

The whole employ of body and of mind.

In one's employ, in one's service.

(Em*ploy"a*ble) a. [Cf. F. employable.] Capable of being employed; capable of being used; fit or proper for use. Boyle.

(||Em`ploy`é") n. [F., p. p. of employer.] One employed by another; a clerk or workman in the service of an employer.

(Em`ploy*ee") n. [The Eng. form of employé.] One employed by another.

(Em*ploy"er) n. One who employs another; as, an employer of workmen.

(Em*ploy"ment) n.

1. The act of employing or using; also, the state of being employed.

2. That which engages or occupies; that which consumes time or attention; office or post of business; service; as, agricultural employments; mechanical employments; public employments; in the employment of government.

Cares are employments, and without employ
The soul is on a rack.

Syn. — Work; business; occupation; vocation; calling; office; service; commission; trade; profession.

(Em*plumed") a. Plumed. [R.]

(Em*plunge") v. t. [Cf. Implunge.] To plunge; to implunge. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Em*plore") v. t. See Implore. [Obs.]

(Em*ploy") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Employed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Employing.] [F. employer, fr. L. implicare to fold into, infold, involve, implicate, engage; in + plicare to fold. See Ply, and cf. Imply, Implicate.]

1. To inclose; to infold. [Obs.] Chaucer.

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.

(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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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