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[ em-ploi-er ]


  1. a person or business that employs one or more people, especially for wages or salary:

    a fair employer.

  2. a person or thing that makes use of or occupies someone or something:

    an inadequate employer of one's time.


/ ɪmˈplɔɪə /


  1. a person, business, firm, etc, that employs workers
  2. a person who employs; user

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Other Words From

  • preem·ployer noun
  • proem·ployer adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of employer1

First recorded in 1590–1600; employ + -er 1
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Example Sentences

He and his wife had to give up something to help their children get through remote schooling and it made more economic sense for him to take emergency leave, with assistance from his employer and federal relief programs.

Until July 1st, the plan also specifically prohibited workers from working for their employers when on the scheme.

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She eventually found out that the state was waiting on a response from her employer … even though she was self-employed.

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Luckily for some, certain jobs are Covid-proof, which means that they are still well in demand and employers are happy to hand out handsome compensations for them.

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You as an employer will need to keep your workers motivated in order to ensure that the work does not gets delayed or stopped.

An Uber driver harassed me and my then-employer, and then Uber lied to me.

He emphasized that employing people with IDD is a triple win: the employer, the employee, and the federal government all benefit.

Historically, and today, how well a home care worker is treated depends entirely on the employer.

Nor is it surprising that the employer of the accused has neither fired the alleged perpetrator nor denounced the trial.

He is caught stealing by his former employer, who poisons his nervous system with a mycotoxin.

This, as a piece of pure economics, does not interest the individual employer a particle.

And it is quite true that the particular employer can no more break away from these limits than he can jump out of his own skin.

The single employer rightly knows that there is a wage higher than he can pay and hours shorter than he can grant.

The situation may be altogether in favor of the employer or altogether in favor of the men, or may occupy a middle ground.

Properly applied, the capitalist and the employer of labor need have nothing to fear from it.


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More About Employer

What does employer mean?

An employer is a person, company, or organization that employs people—pays them for work.

The people who are paid to work are called employees. Employers provide employment.

Less commonly, employer can mean something that occupies someone or someone that uses something (the word employ can also mean to use), as in Be a good employer of your time. 

Example: If the factory closes, thousands of people will lose their jobs—it’s the largest employer in the county.

Where does employer come from?

The first records of the word employer come from right around 1600. The base word, employ, ultimately derives from the Latin implicāre, meaning “to engage.” The word employee came later, with the suffix -ee indicating a person who is the object or beneficiary of employment.

While employees are often seen as the ones getting this benefit—and the benefits that sometimes come with it, such as health insurance—the employee-employer relationship is based on an exchange. The employer exchanges money for work done. This exchange is often formalized through some kind of contract or employment agreement, and both employee and employer are often used in the context of official situations like this. Typically, a person must have an employer to be considered an employee.

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How is employer used in real life?

Regardless of how people think about their employer, the word itself is used in a neutral way.



Try using employer!

Which of the following people has an employer?

A. a paid staff member
B. an unemployed person
C. a self-employed person
D. a volunteer




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