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employ

em·ploy

employ

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm ploI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: employed, employing, employs
definition 1: to make use of; use.
We're studying the unique devices he employs in his poetry.You would have to employ a microscope to be able to see these organisms.
synonyms:
apply, use, utilize
similar words:
bestow, exercise, handle, operate, ply, wield
definition 2: to provide work for or obtain services from in exchange for payment; hire.
Our company employs thirty people in the sales department.We'll need to employ more waiters during the summer.
synonyms:
engage, hire
antonyms:
dismiss
similar words:
commission, enlist, enroll, recruit, retain
definition 3: to apply or direct toward a particular goal or activity.
You need to employ more energy in this job.
synonyms:
apply, devote, exercise, exert, spend
similar words:
bestow, busy, direct, occupy, turn, wield
 
part of speech: noun
definition: position of service; employment.
She has been in our company's employ for five years.
synonyms:
employment
similar words:
labor, pay, service
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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