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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One issue that's important to you is ending forced arbitration in employment contracts. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Gretchen Carlson Is on a Mission to Help Women Who Have Been Sexually Harassed," 10 May 2019 Economists sharply lowered their forecasts for employment and economic growth in the first quarter in a new Wall Street Journal survey, after recent government data suggested the U.S. economy is cooling. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "WSJ Survey: Economists Cut Forecasts for Jobs and Economic Growth in Early 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 And one of her first patronages, the organization Smart Works, supports women looking for employment. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Writes Heartwarming Notes to Women on Bananas," 1 Feb. 2019 According to the program's site, 99 percent of Coach Core graduates enter full-time education or secure employment after the program. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore a Gray Blazer and Black Jeans to Visit Coach Core," 30 Oct. 2018 Refugees may obtain many of the rights of a citizen a year after first being admitted to the United States, including employment and property ownership. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Seeking safety after war-torn pasts, refugees become citizens and are 'reborn' in Boise," 23 June 2018 Lots of other benefits need to decouple from formal employment. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Why the robot apocalypse won’t kill all gig economy jobs," 16 June 2018 More pressing, domestically, is the employment report due this Friday. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Mortgage rates reverse course, but decline could be short-lived," 31 May 2018 Of the social media platforms, LinkedIn is the place to go for employment opportunities. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "My Boss Follows Me on Instagram — What Do I Do?," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of employment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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