Employ etymology


English word employ comes from Proto-Indo-European *pleḱ- (to plait, to weave), and later Latin implicare (to infold, involve, engage) and Middle French employer (to employ, to use, to make use of)

Etymology of employ

Detailed word origin of employ

Dictionary entry Language Definition
in Latin (lat) in
*pleḱ- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
plecto Latin (lat) I plait, weave, braid. I twist, bend, turn I blame. I punish; I beat.
implicare Latin (lat) to infold, involve, engage
emploiier Old French (fro) (transitive) to fold (something) on itself. (transitive) to use; to make use of.
employer Middle French (frm) To employ; to use; to make use of.
employ English (en) To hire (somebody for work or a job).. To make busy.. To use (somebody for a job, or something for a task). The state of being an employee; employment.

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