employment

[em-ploi-muhnt]
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:
1585–95; employ + -ment

nonemployment, noun
overemployment, noun
proemployment, adjective
reemployment, noun


3. vocation, calling; job, trade, profession.
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employment (ɪmˈplɔɪmənt)
 
n
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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employment
1590s, from employ + -ment.
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Example sentences
We go to the employment office in the city looking for work.
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.
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