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[em-ploi-muh nt] /ɛmˈplɔɪ mənt/
an act or instance of employing someone or something.
the state of being employed; employ; service:
to begin or terminate employment.
an occupation by which a person earns a living; work; business.
the total number of people gainfully employed or working.
an activity or the like that occupies a person's time:
She found knitting a comforting employment for her idle hours.
1585-95; employ + -ment
Related forms
nonemployment, noun
overemployment, noun
proemployment, adjective
reemployment, noun
3. vocation, calling; job, trade, profession. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for employment
  • We go to the employment office in the city looking for work.
  • But perhaps the public was thinking of employment as the ability to be independent and earn a decent living.
  • In rich countries, workfare is meant to stop people living off the state rather than finding gainful employment.
  • The law does not bar consideration of employment status, nor should it.
  • employment will require a successful criminal background check.
  • That's manufacturing employment as a share of total employment.
  • These should offer employment for a few people who move to the town as well as for others who commute.
  • Since business or employment attire is not a social choice, try casual wear.
  • Please instruct me who to contact regarding this possible employment.
  • On the street, however, opportunities for employment and a future remain slim.
British Dictionary definitions for employment


the act of employing or state of being employed
the work or occupation in which a person is employed
the purpose for which something is used
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for employment

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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