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1 to provide with a paying job
  • a new factory that will employ 500 people

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2 to put into action or service
  • looking for a job in which she can employ her considerable writing skills

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Synonyms & Antonyms of employ (Entry 2 of 2)

the state of being provided with a paying job
  • while you're under our employ, you can't do outside work for our competitors

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How does the verb employ contrast with its synonyms?

The words use and utilize are common synonyms of employ. While all three words mean "to put into service especially to attain an end," employ suggests the use of a person or thing that is available but idle, inactive, or disengaged.

looking for better ways to employ their skills

Where would use be a reasonable alternative to employ?

Although the words use and employ have much in common, use implies availing oneself of something as a means or instrument to an end.

willing to use any means to achieve her ends

When is it sensible to use utilize instead of employ?

While the synonyms utilize and employ are close in meaning, utilize may suggest the discovery of a new, profitable, or practical use for something.

an old wooden bucket utilized as a planter

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The first known use of employ was in the 15th century

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“Employ.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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