employment

[ em-ploi-muhnt ]
/ ɛmˈplɔɪ mənt /

noun

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for employment

employment

/ (ɪmˈplɔɪmənt) /

noun

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

employment


n.

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

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