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noun em·ploy·ment \im-ˈplȯi-mənt\

Definition of employment

  1. 1 :  use, purpose

  2. 2 a :  activity in which one engages or is employed <seeking gainful employment> b :  an instance of such activity

  3. 3 :  the act of employing :  the state of being employed <employment of a pen in sketching>

Examples of employment in a sentence

  1. laws that have encouraged the employment of women

  2. I've been looking for employment in the machine trade.

  3. The new factory should provide employment for hundreds of workers.

  4. unskilled workers trying to find paid employment

  5. She hopes to find employment as a teacher.

  6. The magazine did well during the course of her employment as editor.

  7. Employment is at an all-time high in this part of the state.

  8. The city is faced with inadequate housing and a lack of employment.

15th Century

First Known Use of employment

15th century

Synonym Discussion of employment

work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force <too tired to do any work>. labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion <farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor>. travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering <years of travail were lost when the house burned>. toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor <his lot would be years of back-breaking toil>. drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor <an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery>. grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body <the grind of the assembly line>.

work, employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, métier, business mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. work may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not <her work as a hospital volunteer>. employment implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer <your employment with this firm is hereby terminated>. occupation implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training <his occupation as a trained auto mechanic>. calling applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession <the ministry seemed my true calling>. pursuit suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest <her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit>. métier implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted <acting was my one and only métier>. business suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs <the business of managing a hotel>.

EMPLOYMENT Defined for Kids


noun em·ploy·ment \im-ˈplȯi-mənt\

Definition of employment for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of using something <The artist is known for her employment of unusual materials.>

  2. 2 :  job 1, occupation <I am seeking employment in your area.>

  3. 3 :  the act of hiring a person to do work

Law Dictionary


noun em·ploy·ment

Legal Definition of employment

  1. 1 :  an activity or service performed for another especially for compensation or as an occupation

  2. 2 :  the act of employing :  the state of being employed

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