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employ

em·ploy

employ

 
pronunciation:
ihm ploI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: employed, employing, employs
definition 1: to make use of; use.
She employed a drill to make the hole.
synonyms:
apply, use
similar words:
exercise, handle, operate
definition 2: to provide work for or get services from in exchange for payment; hire.
We employed a plumber to fix the drain.
synonyms:
engage, hire
antonyms:
dismiss
similar words:
commission, enlist, enroll, recruit, retain
derivations: employable (adj.), employed (adj.), employability (n.)
Word Builder: employ +
  • employed:
    having a job.
  • employee:
    a person who is employed; a worker.
  • employer:
    a company or person who hires people to do work.
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