employment

noun
em·​ploy·​ment | \ im-ˈplȯi-mənt \

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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Word of mouth travels fast between those who have been trained and found employment and women in need who would like to do the same. Stéphanie Jacob, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Morocco, women find a recipe for success and gainful employment," 14 June 2018 This process works differently in each state, but will probably require another court hearing where your lawyer presents the judge’s decision (your debtor owes you $10,000) and your ex must reveal his assets, employment, and other sources of income. Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "My Ex Boyfriend Owes Me $10,000. How Do I Get Him to Pay Me Back?," 7 June 2018 That doesn't just mean the employment of the howitzer, but the gunnery as well. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Troops Are Training to Operate Cold War-Era Howitzers," 24 Jan. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex also becomes the royal patron of animal welfare organization The Mayhew, and of Smart Works, which supports unemployed and vulnerable women to attain employment. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle & Kate Middleton's First Royal Patronages Have a Lot in Common," 10 Jan. 2019 Many of us accepted employment at Google with the company’s values in mind, including its previous position on Chinese censorship and surveillance, and an understanding that Google was a company willing to place its values above its profits. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google employees push to cancel Chinese search engine in new letter," 27 Nov. 2018 Some Elgin-area manufacturers will soon cover college tuition and guarantee employment to its apprentices as part of a new program at Elgin Community College. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "ECC to launch manufacturing apprenticeship program this fall," 28 June 2018 The dream of the couple, who are engaged, is for Cheyenne to get a job working with children and for Mark to find employment as a carpenter or welder. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 Coach Core is an apprenticeship program that helps young people in need find employment through sport, according to its website. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Oscar de la Renta and Altuzarra at the Coach Core Awards," 24 Sep. 2018

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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 \

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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