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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Newsroom employment has faced a similar decline, down almost 40 percent between 1994 and 2014. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Good Journalism for Hard Times," 18 July 2018 There’s a link between intense school-year employment — 20 or more hours a week — and the risk of dropping out, said Jeremy Staff, a professor of sociology and criminology at Penn State University. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "The Virtues of a Summer Job," 13 July 2018 Jobs and Unemployment Employment — Total nonfarm employment grew by more than 3.2 million during the president’s first 17 months in office, according to the most recent figures available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Brooks Jackson, Philly.com, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 In a separate report Thursday, payroll firm ADP said private-sector employment increased by 177,000 jobs from May to June, compared with the addition of 124,00 jobs in the same month a year ago. Marcia Heroux Pounds, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida job cuts double in June, but longer trend still shows layoffs declining," 5 July 2018 Students who put off networking until after getting their degrees might not secure employment as fast as those who had four-year head starts. Valencia Higuera, The Seattle Times, "9 biggest career mistakes college grads make," 20 Feb. 2019 James’ presence also increased employment by 23.5%. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Why LeBron James' Move to Los Angeles Could Boost the City's Economy," 3 July 2018 Mia claims to be 18 but looks significantly younger; Qu raises the possibility that the young woman has lied about her age to secure employment. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "A government official's child rape is swept under the rug in Angels Wear White," 27 June 2018 Many spoke of systematic challenges including low wages for direct caretakers, the need to ensure safe and available employment for clients and affordable and appropriate housing. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Caregivers tell state group about challenges they face with disabled clients, children," 27 June 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 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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