em·​ploy·​ment | \ im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce employment (audio) \

Definition of employment

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 When government shutdown orders closed Samasource’s office in Nairobi and two others in Uganda, most of its roughly 1,500 workers in East Africa were effectively cut off from employment. Tom Simonite, Wired, "The Pandemic Brings Some African Tech Workers Luxe Lodging," 19 May 2020 As part of the campaign, the department will highlight several short-term training programs from Missouri colleges that allow people to earn a certificate or industry-recognized credential to help them find employment. Brett Rowland, Washington Examiner, "Parson talks economic recovery as state beings reopening," 13 May 2020 Looking for employment right now is tough as eastern Europe’s boom of recent years becomes what’s shaping up to be its deepest slump since the fall of the Iron Curtain. Andra Timu, Bloomberg.com, "The Virus Sent Millions of European Workers Home, Some Forever," 12 May 2020 Economists warned the pandemic would have a devastating impact on employment. Amanda Garrett, Cincinnati.com, "Thousands in Ohio still wait for unemployment help," 3 May 2020 Meghan, in quarantine with Harry and Archie in Los Angeles, grabbed headlines Wednesday by posting a video and a message of encouragement on the website of her London charity, Smart Works, which helps jobless women find employment. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan loses opening legal battle against British tabloid; she vows to press case," 1 May 2020 Schoettes said everything changed, though, when Pierce informed the medical team evaluating him for employment about his HIV status. NBC News, "Ex-cop gets $90,000 settlement in HIV employment discrimination suit," 24 Apr. 2020 Although the state employment department expanded its customer service hours Monday — phone lines are now open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Su acknowledged that people are still having trouble getting through. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Want Pandemic Unemployment Assistance? California gives details for the self-employed," 22 Apr. 2020 For employment, that could mean a rapid rebound as well -- for some. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Jobs after coronavirus: The US labor market won't bounce right back," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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24 May 2020

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“Employment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employment. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce employment (audio)

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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