Synonyms and Antonyms of employment

  1. 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 Synonyms of employment application, use, exercise, operation, play, usageWords Related to employment exertion; reuseNear Antonyms of employment disuse, nonuse

  2. 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 Synonyms of employment calling, occupation, game, lay, line, profession, trade, vocation, workWords Related to employment call, lifework; business, enterprise, field, livelihood, living, métier (also metier), racket [slang]; assignment, engagement, gig, mission; art, craft, handcraft, handicraft; appointment, berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation; duty, function, job, load, task, workloadNear Antonyms of employment avocation, hobby, pursuit

  3. 3 the state of being provided with a paying job the parents tried to convey to their adult son the joys of steady employment Synonyms of employment employ, hire, engagementWords Related to employment appointment, assignment, conscription, enlistment, recruitment; incumbency, tenure; occupation, place, position, post, situation, workNear Antonyms of employment boot, discharge, dismissal, firing, removal, sack, severance; demotion, suspension; furlough, layoff, leave, liberty, retirementAntonyms of employment joblessness, nonemployment, unemployment

Synonym Discussion of employment

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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