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employ

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of employ

  1. the state of being provided with a paying job while you're under our employ, you can't do outside work for our competitors Synonyms hire, employment, engagementRelated Words appointment, assignment, conscription, enlistment, recruitment; incumbency, tenure; occupation, place, position, post, situation, workNear Antonyms boot, discharge, dismissal, firing, removal, sack, severance; demotion, suspension; furlough, layoff, leave, liberty, retirementAntonyms joblessness, nonemployment, unemployment


employ

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of employ

  1. 1 to provide with a paying job a new factory that will employ 500 people Synonyms assume, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on Related Words reemploy, reengage, rehire; apprentice, contract, job, partner, subcontract; enlist; advance, promote, upgrade; keep (on); headhunt, scout Near Antonyms furlough, lay off, lock out Antonyms ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

  2. 2 to put into action or service looking for a job in which she can employ her considerable writing skills Synonyms apply, use, exercise, exploit, harness, operate, utilizeRelated Words handle, manipulate, wield; direct, run, work; cannibalize, recycle, reuseNear Antonyms ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse



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