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employ

noun

1 employ

The state of being employed or having a job:
— They are looking for employment.
— He was in the employ of the city.

synonym: employment.

Roget 677: use; employ, employment; exercise, exercitation; application, appliance; adhibition, disposal; consumption; agency etc. (physical) 170; ... show more

Roget 749: subjection; dependence, dependency; subordination; thrall, thralldom, thraldom, enthrallment, subjugation, bondage, serfdom; feudalism, feudality; ... show more

Roget 625: business, occupation, employment; pursuit etc. 622; what one is doing, what one is about; affair, concern, matter, case.    matter in hand, ... show more

Dutch: emplooi



verb

1 employ

Put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.

synonyms: apply, use, utilise, utilize.

Roget 677: use, make use of, employ, put to use; put in action, put in operation, put in practice; set in motion, set to work.    ply, work, wield, handle, manipulate; ... show more

Roget 625: pass one's time in, employ one's time in, spend one's time in; employ oneself in, employ oneself upon; occupy oneself with, concern oneself with; make it one's business etc. n.; undertake etc. 676; ... show more

Dutch: utiliseren, hanteren, benutten, aanwenden, bezigen, gebruiken, nemen, pakken, toepassen, verwerken

2 employ

Engage or hire for work:
— How many people has she employed?.

synonyms: engage, hire.

Roget 755: commission, delegate, depute; consign, assign; charge; intrust, entrust; commit, commit to the hands of; authorize etc. (permit) 760.    ... show more

Dutch: bezighouden, huren, inhuren


Moby thesaurus: active use, activities, activity, add, affair, affairs, appliance, application, apply, attend to business, attendance, avail, bag, bespeak, bestow, book, brief, business, busy, carry on ... show more.

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