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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 of employ hire, employment, engagementWords Related to employ appointment, assignment, conscription, enlistment, recruitment; incumbency, tenure; occupation, place, position, post, situation, workNear Antonyms of employ boot, discharge, dismissal, firing, removal, sack, severance; demotion, suspension; furlough, layoff, leave, liberty, retirementAntonyms of employ 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 of employ assume, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on Words Related to employ reemploy, reengage, rehire; apprentice, contract, job, partner, subcontract; enlist; advance, promote, upgrade; keep (on); headhunt, scout Near Antonyms of employ furlough, lay off, lock out Antonyms of employ 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 of employ apply, use, exercise, exploit, harness, operate, utilizeWords Related to employ handle, manipulate, wield; direct, run, work; cannibalize, recycle, reuseNear Antonyms of employ ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse

Synonym Discussion of employ

use, employ, utilize mean to put into service especially to attain an end. use implies availing oneself of something as a means or instrument to an end.
    • willing to use any means to achieve her ends
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
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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