the antonym of "employ"

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any77

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Hello,

What is the antonym of the word "employ" and why? Thanks.

The selections are listed below:
a) leave idle b) deny access

While the interpretation of "employ" in Merriam-Webster is:
to make use of (someone or something inactive) *employ a pen for sketching* b : to use (as time) advantageously *a job that employed her skills* c (1) : to use or engage the services of (2) : to provide with a job that pays wages or a salary *a company that employs fifty*
 
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  • Cagey

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    Welcome, any77. :)

    Which do you think is closer to an antonym, and why?

    Once we know your thinking, people will be pleased to help you.
     

    any77

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    Well, I am confused.
    In my mind, if the word "employ" means "in use", while the antonym is idle; However, if it means "do use", I think deny access is better.
     
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    any77

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    Hello any77 :)

    I really could not answer your question without an example sentence. How do you want to use this antonym?

    :)hHehe, it is a question of GRE test in June,2005 China. I am reviewing previous tests.
     
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