Imploy vs Employ what difference

what is difference between Imploy and Employ



imploy (third-person singular simple present imploys, present participle imploying, simple past and past participle imployed)

  1. Obsolete spelling of employ
  2. Obsolete spelling of imply


  • mopily


Alternative forms

  • imploy (obsolete)


Borrowed from Middle French employer, from Latin implicare (to infold, involve, engage), from in (in) + plicare (to fold). Compare imply and implicate, which are doublets of employ .


  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈplɔɪ/, /ɛmˈplɔɪ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪ


employ (plural employs)

  1. The state of being an employee; employment.
  2. (obsolete) The act of employing someone or making use of something; employment.


employ (third-person singular simple present employs, present participle employing, simple past and past participle employed)

  1. To hire (somebody for work or a job).
    • 1668 July 3rd, James Dalrymple, “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 547
      Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.
  2. To use (somebody for a job, or something for a task).
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act 1, Scene iii:
      Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you / against the general enemy Ottoman.
  3. To make busy.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene viii:
      Let it not enter in your mind of love: / Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts / to courtship and such fair ostents of love / as shall conveniently become you there


  • (to give someone work): hire
  • (to put into use): apply, use, utilize

Derived terms


Further reading

  • employ in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • employ in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • employ at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • polemy

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