the state of being employed or having a job
"they are looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the city"
use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ(verb)
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
"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"
hire, engage, employ(verb)
engage or hire for work
"They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
In general terms it may be said that to employ is to devote to one's purpose, to use is to render subservient to one's purpose; what is used is viewed as more absolutely an instrument than what is employed; a merchant employs a clerk; he uses pen and paper; as a rule, use is not said of persons, except in a degrading sense; as, the conspirators used him as a go-between. Hence the expression common in some religious circles "that God would use me" is not to be commended; it has also the fault of representing the human worker as absolutely a passive and helpless instrument; the phrase is altogether unscriptural; the Scripture says, "We are laborers together with (co-workers with) God." That which is used is often consumed in the using, or in familiar phrase used up; as, we used twenty tons of coal last winter; in such cases we could not substitute employ. A person may be employed in his own work or in that of another; in the latter case the service is always understood to be for pay. In this connection employ is a word of more dignity than hire; a general is employed in his country's service; a mercenary adventurer is hired to fight a tyrant's battles. It is unsuitable, according to present usage, to speak of hiring a pastor; the Scripture, indeed, says of the preacher, "The laborer is worthy of his hire;" but this sense is archaic, and hire now implies that the one hired works directly and primarily for the pay, as expressed in the noun "hireling;" a Pastor is properly said to be called, or when the business side of the transaction is referred to, engaged, or possibly employed, at a certain salary.
Employ in, on, upon, or about a work, business, etc.; for a purpose; at a stipulated salary.
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How to use employ in a sentence?
Do not employ handsome servants.
Even at the point I was fired I didn't think much of it. I just thought 'I'll just get another job'. I had enough people who wanted to employ me.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.
These are mortgage-backed securities and swaps off mortgage-backed securities, it's not a strategy that anyone can employ.
If there has been any crime, it must be prosecuted. If there has been any property of the United States illegally transferred or leased, it must be recovered. I propose to employ special counsel of high rank drawn from both political parties to bring such actions for the enforcement of the law. Counsel will be instructed to prosecute these cases in the courts so that if there is any guilt it will be punished; if there is any civil liability it will be enforced; if there is any fraud it will be revealed; and if there are any contracts which are illegal they will be canceled. Every law will be enforced. And every right of the people and the Government will be protected.
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- شغل, استخدم, استعمل, وظف, توظيفArabic
- давам работа, употребявам, наемамBulgarian
- zaměstnat, využítCzech
- anwerben, anstellen, verwenden, einsetzen, einstellenGerman
- απασχολώ, χρησιμοποιώGreek
- contratar, emplearSpanish
- ottaa työhön, palkata, työllistää, käyttääFinnish
- recruter, employer, embaucherFrench
- bain úsáid as, fostaighIrish
- iomair, fastaidhScottish Gaelic
- ingaggiare, impiegareItalian
- 雇う, 雇用Japanese
- contratar, empregarPortuguese
- употреблять, нанять, использовать, нанимать, трудоустраивать, трудоустроитьRussian
- anställa, använda, begagnaSwedish
- vobükön, cälönVolapük
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