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employment

[em-ploi-muh nt]
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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

First recorded in 1585–95; employ + -ment
Related formsnon·em·ploy·ment, nouno·ver·em·ploy·ment, nounpro·em·ploy·ment, adjectivere·em·ploy·ment, noun

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3. vocation, calling; job, trade, profession.
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employment

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 reemployment

employment

n.

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

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