Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb employ

2 senses of employ

Sense 1
use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ -- (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")

Sense 2
hire, engage, employ -- (engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?")

Antonyms of adj employed

2 senses of employed

Sense 1
employed (vs. unemployed) -- (having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary; "most of our graduates are employed")

unemployed (vs. employed) -- (not engaged in a gainful occupation; "unemployed workers marched on the capital")
        => discharged, dismissed, fired, laid-off, pink-slipped -- (having lost your job)
        => idle, jobless, out of work -- (not having a job; "idle carpenters"; "jobless transients"; "many people in the area were out of work")

Sense 2
employed -- (put to use)

INDIRECT (VIA exploited) -> unexploited, undeveloped -- (undeveloped or unused; "vast unexploited (or undeveloped) natural resources"; "taxes on undeveloped lots are low")

Similarity of adj employed

2 senses of employed

Sense 1
employed (vs. unemployed) -- (having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary; "most of our graduates are employed")
       => engaged -- (having services contracted for; "the carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick")
       => hired -- (having services engaged for a fee; "hired hands"; "a hired gun")
       => working (prenominal), on the job (predicate) -- (actively engaged in paid work; "the working population"; "the ratio of working men to unemployed"; "a working mother"; "robots can be on the job day and night")
          Also See-> busy#1

Sense 2
employed -- (put to use)
       => exploited (vs. unexploited) -- (developed or used to greatest advantage)

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