- 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.
Origin of employment
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3. vocation, calling; job, trade, profession.
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Examples from the Web for employment
In 2013, with help from corporations, the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act finally passed in the Senate.Corporations Are No Longer Silent on LGBT Issues
December 24, 2014
Thank you, government policies, for the employment—2.7 million jobs have been added to the U.S. economy this year.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam
P. J. O’Rourke
November 27, 2014
Take the case of Herx v. Diocese of Fort Wayne, an employment discrimination suit in the Seventh Circuit.Catholic Church: Religious Freedom Trumps Civil Rights
November 23, 2014
According to that screenshot, McCallum stopped working for Twitter in September after four years and seven months of employment.Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife?
October 8, 2014
Only the ones who can work and pay taxes on their employment—which the Department of Labor says is anyone over the age of 14.Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too
October 6, 2014
"Discharge the boy from your employment," said his wife, promptly.
He did not at first look up, but kept on with his employment.
In reply he offers me, as if I were a beggar, employment for my sons.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
This latter condition can be fulfilled by the employment of electro-magnets.
Anything might happen to put a journalist out of employment!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- 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
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Word Origin and History for employment
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