Neither of the two methods is truer than the other; and both are great when they are well employed.
You were well employed: I think there is no objection to the excuse.
He has too much sense to be affronted at insults, he is too well employed to remember injuries, and too indolent to bear malice.
"I think I have well employed my time," he muttered to himself.
The transitive verb which is perhaps in danger of neglect is very valuable, and it is well employed.
Tis a present from the hosts niece to be bestowed where it will be well employed.
The time of her absence had been well employed by a detail of men, whom the Doctor had previously instructed.
"Seor Evaa, good-morning; you are well employed," said the lieutenant.
I live here peacefully and respected, and I am well employed here.
"You were well employed indeed, Kate," said Winny sneeringly.
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.