noun em·ploy·ment \ im-ˈplȯi-mənt \
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

Definition of employment

1 : use, purpose
2 a : activity in which one engages or is employed
  • seeking gainful employment
b : an instance of such activity
c : the extent or degree to which a labor force is employed
  • Employment is high.
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.

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First Known Use of employment

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of employment

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 : the act of using something
  • The artist is known for her employment of unusual materials.
2 : job 1, occupation
  • I am seeking employment in your area.
3 : the act of hiring a person to do work

Law Dictionary


noun em·ploy·ment

legal Definition of employment

1 : an activity or service performed for another especially for compensation or as an occupation
2 : the act of employing : the state of being employed

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