Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


His own people, whom he employs, are buying it up, and the vagabonds pocket the whole.

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Company employs over 42 per mile.

Some of these, in my opinion, are the best spies England employs here.

Then he employs him in bringin' down a picture from the wall.

He employs a secretary, though he prefers to dictate his work into a phonograph.

Chaucer employs the word in a similar sense very frequently.

It is said she employs magic with which to gain the love of men.

Latimer also employs the responsive method so frequently used by Lyly.

Employs an overseer for that number of slaves, with few exceptions.

Henry Ford employs a number of blind men in his factory at Detroit.


early 15c., from Middle French employer, from Old French emploiier (12c.) "make use of, apply; increase; entangle; devote," from Latin implicare "enfold, involve, be connected with," from in- (see in- (2)) + plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)).

Sense of "hire, engage" first recorded in English 1580s, from "involve in a particular purpose," a sense which arose in Late Latin. Related: Employed; employing. The noun is 1660s, from French emploi. Imply, which is the same word, retains more of the original sense.