Hey, I'd need a synonym for used in this phrase, because the meaning is from the "long term" point of view, something like:

What technologies should be employed in a project for it to succeed in following 10 years?

If I use used it seems like we take advantage of this technology right know; that's not the meaning I need.

I'm using this kind of sentence very often in a documentation and I need a substitution for often.



What technologies should be adopted...


Note: nothing wrong with use and employ though.

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    this is definitely what I was going for :-) Thanks – lisak Nov 26 '10 at 11:32

Implemented would give the sense of being used when the technologies need to be used, not before.

  • hey, I mean technologies that are already implemented, I guess there's now proper substitution in this sense. I'm not sure whether the "employed" could be used here – lisak Nov 26 '10 at 3:51
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    Employed works. You could also try utilized. – Robusto Nov 26 '10 at 4:39
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    @Robusto: -1 for 'utilized' - it is a word that is over-utilized and would be better used less often. – Jonathan Leffler Nov 26 '10 at 7:26
  • 'Utilized' is a slightly longer way of saying 'used'. – CJM Nov 26 '10 at 12:12
  • @Jonathan Leffler: -1 for trying to help? After the OP announced he was looking for synonyms for "used"? Well, I guess it's true that no good deed goes unpunished. – Robusto Nov 26 '10 at 13:15

You should try to make the phrase more active:

  • What technologies should the project use for it to succeed over the next 10 years?

I also think that use is a perfectly sensible word to use in the context; short, sweet, simple. If you need an alternative, then employ is probably one of the better options.

  • +1 - Simplest/preferred = 'Used'. Reasonable alternative = 'employed'. – CJM Nov 26 '10 at 12:11

What technologies should be leveraged

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    No, no, no! The definition of this word makes its use in the context rather dubious; but regardless, it's a 'buzzword bingo' kind of term, and should be avoided when there are clearer alternatives. – CJM Nov 26 '10 at 12:10

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