English noun: employ
|1.||employ (state) the state of being employed or having a job|
|Samples||They are looking for employment.|
He was in the employ of the city.
English verb: employ
|1.||employ (consumption) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose|
|Samples||Use 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.
|Examples||They employ the animals|
|Synonyms||apply, use, utilise, utilize|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----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|
|Cause||apply, go for, hold|
|Verb group||apply, practice, use|
|2.||employ (social) engage or hire for work|
|Samples||They hired two new secretaries in the department.|
How many people has she employed?.
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody|
|Narrower (hyponym)||contract, engage, farm out, featherbed, fill, job, rat, ship, sign, sign on, sign up, subcontract|
|Antonyms||give notice, give the axe, give the sack, can, force out, sack, send away, displace, dismiss, fire, terminate|