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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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, employverb
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, employverb
engage or hire for work
"They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
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These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.
As part of our Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, we'll continue to employ all the tools at our disposal to monitor, penalize and prevent sales of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to minors at brick-and-mortar stores and Internet storefronts as we work to ensure these products are sold in ways that make them less accessible and appealing to kids.
Do not employ handsome servants.
It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage, i am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. The American justice system relies on fair and impartial judges. All judges should be held to that standard. I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial.
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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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