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Synonyms for employ
ɛmˈplɔɪem·ploy

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Wiktionary

  1. employnoun

    Synonyms:
    employment, hire

  2. employnoun

    To give someone work or a job.

    The school district has six thousand teachers in its employ.

    Synonyms:
    hire, employment

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. employ

    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.

    Synonyms:
    call, engage, engross, hire, make use of, use, use up

    Preposition:
    Employ in, on, upon, or about a work, business, etc.; for a purpose; at a stipulated salary.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. employ

    Synonyms:
    reapply, economize, occupy, engage, engross

    Antonyms:
    discard, dismiss, misuse, misemploy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. employment, employverb

    the state of being employed or having a job

    "they are looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the city"

    Synonyms:
    use, utilisation, exercise, employment, usage, work, utilization, engagement

  2. 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"

    Synonyms:
    lend oneself, use, practice, give, hold, utilise, put on, engage, hire, enforce, implement, expend, utilize, go for, apply, habituate

  3. hire, engage, employverb

    engage or hire for work

    "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"

    Synonyms:
    rent, prosecute, occupy, use, engross, charter, mesh, utilise, operate, absorb, engage, affiance, hire, betroth, lock, take, wage, pursue, lease, utilize, apply, plight, enlist

Editors Contribution

  1. make productive

    Submitted by anonymous on December 30, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. employverb

    Synonyms:
    busy, engage, engross, exercise, occupy

  2. employverb

    Synonyms:
    use, apply, make use of

  3. employverb

    Synonyms:
    entrust with an agency, enlist in one's service, give employment to

  4. employnoun

    Synonyms:
    EMPLOYMENT

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "employ":

    hire, use, employing, recruit, hiring, employment

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How to use employ in a sentence?

  1. Jeanne-Marie Roland:

    People who know how to employ themselves, always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.

  2. Douglas William Jerrold:

    The sharp employ the sharp.

  3. Kathy McDonald:

    Just like on 'Downton Abbey,' the local hospital is a resource that people care about. They employ people in a community and they take care of people.

  4. Representatives Speaker John Boehner:

    We do have some members who disagree from time to time over the tactics that we decide to employ. But remember that Republicans are united in this idea that the president has far exceeded his constitutional authority.

  5. Third Point:

    The year's positive performance reflects contributions from nearly all of the strategies we employ; the top five winners include a constructive long equity position, a sovereign debt investment, high?yield debt investments in energy companies, an event?driven long position, and a short equity position in the pharmaceutical industry.


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