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 framework includes housing and programs for homeless prevention, substance abuse recovery, rental assistance, employment and shelters. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2021 Awry: There are many stages of work between full-on employment and total retirement. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 One side obtained significant legal protection from discrimination in employment and housing. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 The regulations on employment and assets for people with disabilities haven't been revised since the mid-1960s, further contributing to a vicious cycle of poverty. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 The lawsuit said Gruden lost a sponsorship deal with Skechers and was pulled from appearing in the Madden NFL 2022 video game, as well as having future employment and endorsement prospects damaged. Josh Dubow, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 The lawsuit said Gruden lost a sponsorship deal with Skechers and was pulled from appearing in the Madden NFL 2022 video game, as well as having future employment and endorsement prospects damaged. Josh Dubow, ajc, 12 Nov. 2021 The lawsuit said Gruden lost a sponsorship deal with Skechers and was pulled from appearing in the Madden NFL 2022 video game, as well as having future employment and endorsement prospects damaged. Josh Dubow, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Then, from mid-September through October, new cases dropped and employment and wages surged. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of employment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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employers' association

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19 Nov 2021

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“Employment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employment. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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