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 And data from nonprofit Opportunity Insights, which is based at Harvard, found that employment rates for low-wage workers dropped 30 percent as of February when compared to January of last year. Washington Post, "Struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic, people turn to strangers online for help," 24 Apr. 2021 But getting into the union doesn't necessarily guarantee a steady stream of employment. Baze Mpinja, Allure, "The Unbearable Whiteness of Hollywood's Hair and Makeup Crews," 24 Apr. 2021 The pandemic ignited people to prioritize values and purpose in their place of employment. S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, "In the pandemic economy, it’s all about the side hustle," 21 Apr. 2021 Connecticut has now recovered 176,400 jobs, or 60.3% of employment lost a year ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Looking for a job? These are the industries that did the most hiring in Connecticut last month," 21 Apr. 2021 That is a Goldilocks scenario: historically high levels of employment and the sort of robust wage growth workers, especially the lowest-paid, were enjoying pre-pandemic. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Job Market Is Tighter Than You Think," 21 Apr. 2021 In addition, many families are experiencing loss of employment at record levels, in part because leaders failed to implement a national plan early on to address the pandemic health crisis. Veronica Mitchell, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Persistence, hope required when seeking respite care," 20 Apr. 2021 Amazon’s health insurance, which kicks in on the first day of employment, also encouraged loyalty, workers said. New York Times, "Why Amazon Workers Sided With the Company Over a Union," 16 Apr. 2021 In Guntersville, Wintzell’s Oyster House is offering a $250 sign-on bonus that is payable after 30 days of employment as a line cook. al, "Help Wanted: Alabama restaurants and hospitality industry scrambles to find workers," 15 Apr. 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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29 Apr 2021

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“Employment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employment. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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


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



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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