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English noun: employ

1. employ (state) the state of being employed or having a job

SamplesThey are looking for employment.
He was in the employ of the city.


Broader (hypernym)state


English verb: employ

1. employ (consumption) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

SamplesUse your head!.
We only use Spanish at home.
I can't use this tool.
Apply a magnetic field here.
This thinking was applied to many projects.
How do you utilize this tool?.
I apply this rule to get good results.
Use the plastic bags to store the food.
He doesn't know how to use a computer.

ExamplesThey employ the animals

Synonymsapply, use, utilise, utilize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)address, assign, avail, cannibalise, cannibalize, commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote, enjoy, exercise, exert, exploit, exploit, extend, fall back, give, implement, misapply, misuse, overdrive, overuse, play, play, ply, pull out all the stops, put, put to work, recur, recycle, reprocess, resort, reuse, share, strain, take, tap, waste, work, work

Causeapply, go for, hold

Verb groupapply, practice, use

2. employ (social) engage or hire for work

SamplesThey hired two new secretaries in the department.
How many people has she employed?.

Synonymsengage, hire

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)contract, engage, farm out, featherbed, fill, job, rat, ship, sign, sign on, sign up, subcontract

Antonymsgive notice, give the axe, give the sack, can, force out, sack, send away, displace, dismiss, fire, terminate

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