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employment

[em-ploi-muhnt]
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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.
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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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Related Words for employment

business, service, enrollment, trade, job, recruitment, contracting, usage, utilization, function, office, profession, mission, avocation, racket, vocation, post, occupation, enlistment, field

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British Dictionary definitions for employment

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 employment

n.

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

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