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employment

[em-ploi-muh nt] /ɛmˈplɔɪ mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of employing someone or something.
2.
the state of being employed; employ; service:
to begin or terminate employment.
3.
an occupation by which a person earns a living; work; business.
4.
the total number of people gainfully employed or working.
5.
an activity or the like that occupies a person's time:
She found knitting a comforting employment for her idle hours.
Origin of employment
1585-1595
1585-95; employ + -ment
Related forms
nonemployment, noun
overemployment, noun
proemployment, adjective
reemployment, noun
Synonyms
3. vocation, calling; job, trade, profession.
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employment

/ɪmˈplɔɪmənt/
noun
1.
the act of employing or state of being employed
2.
the work or occupation in which a person is employed
3.
the purpose for which something is used
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Word Origin and History for employment
n.

mid-15c., from Middle English emploien (see employ) + -ment.

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