1. having your services engaged for
; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary
; - Example: "most of our graduates are employed"
2. put to use
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Employ \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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "employed":
applied, at it, at work, busy, chartered, engaged, exercised,
exerted, full of business, hard at it, hard at work, hired,
hireling, in harness, leased, let, mercenary, occupied, on duty,
on the go, on the hop, on the job, on the jump, on the move,
on the run, paid, rented, secondhand, subleased, sublet, tied up,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
EMPLOYED. One who is in the service of another. Such a person is entitled to
rights and liable to. perform certain duties.
2. He is entitled to a just compensation for his services; when there
has been a special contract, to what has been agreed upon; when not, to such
just recompense as he deserves.
3. He is bound to perform the services for which he has engaged
himself; and for a violation of his engagement he may be sued, but he is not
liable to corporal correction. An exception to this rule may be mentioned;
on the ground of necessity, a sailor may be punished by reasonable
correction, when it is necessary for the safety of the vessel, and to
maintain discipline. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1001: 2 Id. n. 2296.