US: /ɛmˈpɫɔɪ/, /ɪmˈpɫɔɪ/
UK: /ɛmplˈɔ‍ɪ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

employ /im'plɔi/
  • danh từ
    • sự dùng (người)
    • việc làm
    • to be in the employ of somebody
      • làm việc cho ai
  • ngoại động từ
    • dùng, thuê (ai) (làm gì)
      • to employ oneself: bận làm
      • to employ oneself in some work: bận làm gì

Advanced English dictionary

verb, noun
+ verb
1 ~ sb (as sth) to give sb a job to do for payment: [VN] How many people does the company employ? + For the past three years he has been employed as a firefighter. + [VN to inf] A number of people have been employed to deal with the backlog of work.
2 [VN] (formal) to use sth such as a skill, method etc. for a particular purpose: He criticized the repressive methods employed by the country's government. + The police had to employ force to enter the building.
Idioms: be employed in doing sth (written) if a person or their time is employed in doing sth, the person spends time doing that thing: She was employed in making a list of all the jobs to be done.
+ noun [U]
Idioms: in sb's employ
in the employ of sb (formal) working for sb; employed by sb: How long has she been in your employ?

employ / take on
If a company employs a person, he or she is working on the staff of the company or is paid to do some work for them: The company employs 1 200 people. + He was employed as an electrician at the shipyard.
In BrE you can also say that a company takes someone on when the company starts to employ them: Business has been so good that we've had to take on more staff. In AmE the word hire would be used.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 hire, engage, enlist, recruit, enrol, sign (up), take on, retain, commission:
I have employed a solicitor to look after my affairs while I am away. The company employed 120 engineers.
2 use, make use of, utilize, apply:
We plan to employ the most modern equipment.
3 occupy, take (up), engage, involve:
He is employed with his stamp collection.

Collocation dictionary

1 pay sb to work


directly, indirectly
By 1960 the arms industry in America directly employed 3.5 million people.


A large part of the workforce is employed in agriculture.


be fully employed
10% of 10?15-year-old girls were fully employed as late as 1911.
| be gainfully employed
Those not gainfully employed are dependent on their savings.
| be permanently/temporarily employed, be regularly/irregularly employed

2 use


commonly, extensively, frequently, often, widely
The safety net is an image commonly employed in everyday life.
| generally, usually | actively, deliberately
teaching that actively employs computers in innovative and fruitful ways
| successfully, usefully


The army has far more junior officers than it can usefully employ.

3 be employed: be busy doing sth


You'd be far better employed taking care of your own affairs.
| busily, usefully


Will and Joe were busily employed in clearing out all the furniture.

Concise English dictionary

+the state of being employed or having a job
+put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
+engage or hire for work