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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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Examples from the Web for re-employment
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  • Another circumstance in the last year of his command revived his hopes of re-employment.

    General Gatacre Beatrix Gatacre
  • That engineers, firemen and switchmen would be treated alike in the matter of re-employment.

  • Commissioner Kernan: "What were the conditions of your re-employment with the company?"

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
  • Labor unions are justified in insisting upon the re-employment of members discharged for a cause which they deem unjust.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • But Serena, too, refused to consider Mr. Hapgood's re-employment.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The re-employment of such an individual is a characteristic illustration of Eastern manners.

  • We know that his re-employment was urged by Josephine and several of his former companions.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
British Dictionary definitions for re-employment

re-employment

noun
1.
the act or an instance of employing or being employed again

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 re-employment

employment

n.

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

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