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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.


Synonymsemployment


Broader (hypernym)state


Antonymsunemployment


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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