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1 the act or practice of employing something for a particular purpose
  • the employment of the kitchen oven as a storage cupboard had predictably disastrous results

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2 the activity by which one regularly makes a living
  • his regular employment is that of a restaurant waiter, but he always identifies himself as an actor

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3 the state of being provided with a paying job
  • the parents tried to convey to their adult son the joys of steady employment

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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

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The first known use of employment was in the 15th century

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“Employment.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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