(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,
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.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 steerDryden. To employ one's self, to apply or devote one's time and attention; to busy one's self.
To turn the glebe.
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.Pope. 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.
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 employYoung.
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.