employment

noun
em·​ploy·​ment | \ im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce employment (audio) \

Definition of employment

1 : use, purpose
2a : 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

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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

Examples of employment in a Sentence

laws that have encouraged the employment of women I've been looking for employment in the machine trade. The new factory should provide employment for hundreds of workers. unskilled workers trying to find paid employment She hopes to find employment as a teacher. The magazine did well during the course of her employment as editor. Employment is at an all-time high in this part of the state. The city is faced with inadequate housing and a lack of employment.
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Recent Examples on the Web The employment report the Labor Department is set to release Friday will provide the first indication of whether the hiring slowdown in April was a fluke, as some economists suspect. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, 30 May 2021 The league also announced that there would be punishment for violating baseball’s harassment policy, including a warning, a suspension and a termination of employment. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 The poster says employees who meet the criteria will receive an iPhone after six months of employment. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 26 May 2021 Connecticut's announcement comes after a dismal employment report last month from the Labor Department, which showed employers added 266,000 jobs in April. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 18 May 2021 The employment report, which was released a couple of weeks ago, also showed a surprising decline in job growth, which Republicans blamed on the Biden Administration’s decision to extend enhanced unemployment benefits. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 The April employment report from the Labor Department last week showed that the U.S. added 266,000 jobs, far below economists estimates for a 1 million gain. Olivia Rockeman, Fortune, 11 May 2021 The employment report failed to show that the U.S. economy was accelerating so much as stutter-stepping along as the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1%. Josh Boak, chicagotribune.com, 7 May 2021 Yesterday, investors seemed to be optimistic ahead of the big employment report, with all three main U.S. indices ending on the green and the $DJI notching a record close. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of employment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of employment was in the 15th century

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4 Jun 2021

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“Employment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employment. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for employment

employment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of employment

: the act of using something
: the act of paying someone to do a job
: work that a person is paid to do

employment

noun
em·​ploy·​ment | \ im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce employment (audio) \

Kids Definition of employment

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

employment

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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