HyperDic: employ

English > 3 senses of the word employ:
VERBconsumptionemploy, use, utilize, utilise, applyput into service
socialemploy, hire, engageengage or hire for work
NOUNstateemploy, employmentthe state of being employed or having a job
employ > pronunciation
Soundsehmploy'; ihmploy'
Rhymesalloy ... redeploy: 6 rhymes with loy...
English > employ: 3 senses > noun 1, state
MeaningThe state of being employed or having a job.
  • "they are looking for employment"
  • "he was in the employ of the city"
BroaderstateThe way something is with respect to its main attributes
OppositeunemploymentThe state of being unemployed or not having a job
Spanishempleo, ocupación, trabajo
Catalanfeina, ocupació
Verbsemployengage or hire for work
English > employ: 3 senses > verb 1, consumption
Meaningput into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s something to somebody; Somebody ----s something PP; Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
ModelThey employ the animals
Synonymsuse, utilize, utilise, apply
Cause toapply, hold, go forBe pertinent or relevant or applicable
Narroweraddressaddress or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question
availUse to one's advantage
cannibalize, cannibaliseUse parts of something to repair something else
enjoyHave benefit from
exert, exerciseput to use
exploit, workUse or manipulate to one's advantage
exploit, tapDraw from
fall back, resort, recurHave recourse to
give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devoteGive entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
implementapply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design
misapply, misuseapply to a wrong thing or person
overuse, overdrivemake use of too often or too extensively
playemploy in a game / game or in a specific position
playUse or move
plyUse diligently
pull out all the stopsUse all resources available
put, assignAttribute or give
recycle, reprocess, reuseUse again after processing
shareUse jointly or in common
strain, extendUse to the utmost
taketravel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route
wasteUse inefficiently or inappropriately
work, put to workCause to work
Similar topractice, apply, useavail oneself to
Spanishaplicar, aprovechar, emplear, esgrimir, usar, utilizar
Catalanaplicar, emprar, esgrimir, fer servir, usar, utilitzar
Nounsemploymentthe act of using
English > employ: 3 senses > verb 2, social
MeaningEngage or hire for work.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example "How many people has she employed?"
Synonymshire, engage
Narrowerengageask to represent
featherbedhire more workers than are necessary
fillappoint someone to (a position or a job)
ratemploy scabs or strike breakers in
shiphire for work on a ship
sign, contract, sign on, sign upEngage by written agreement
subcontract, farm out, jobArranged for contracted work to be done by others
Oppositedisplace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminateTerminate the employment of
Spanishcontratar, emplear
Catalancol·locar, contractar, ocupar
Nounsemploythe state of being employed or having a job
employeea worker who is hired to perform a job
employera person or firm that employs workers
employmentthe act of giving someone a job

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