Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of employing.
  • n. The state of being employed.
  • n. The work in which one is engaged; occupation.
  • n. An activity to which one devotes time.
  • n. The percentage or number of people gainfully employed: "a vicious spiral of rising prices under full employment” ( William Henry Beveridge).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A use, purpose
  • n. The act of employing
  • n. The state of being employed
  • n. The work or occupation for which one is used, and often paid
  • n. An activity to which one devotes time
  • n. The number or percentage of people at work

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of employing or using; also, the state of being employed.
  • n. That which engages or occupies; that which consumes time or attention; office or post of business; service

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of employing or using, or the state of being employed.
  • n. Work or business of any kind, physical or mental; that which engages the head or hands; anything that occupies time or attention; office or position involving business: as, agricultural employments; mechanical employments; public employment.
  • n. An implement. Nares. [Rare.]

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of giving someone a job
  • n. the occupation for which you are paid
  • n. the state of being employed or having a job
  • n. the act of using

Etymologies

From to employ (itself from Middle French employer (=modern), from Middle French empleier, from Latin implicare "to enfold, involve, be connected with", itself from in- "in" + plicare "to fold") + -ment (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They do not stop to reflect that so much wealth has been wiped out of the world, and that _instead of the destruction furnishing so much additional employment, it has only changed the direction of the employment_.

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  • “Mooney was hoping his attack would result in employment from a security firm …”

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  • “Mooney was hoping his attack would result in employment from a security firm, rather than prosecution, says PC Magazine.”

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  • April 13th, 2009 at 4: 57 pm “Mooney was hoping his attack would result in employment from a security firm†¦ ” well sure, they still need a junior janitor they can piss on all day. kevin Says:

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  • Mooney was hoping his attack would result in employment from a security firm, rather than prosecution, says PC Magazine.

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  • Growth in employment is pretty much all immigrants and Public sector sinecures.

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  • In Rochester that racial discrimination in employment is wrong, even where its ostensible goal is to help minorities?

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  • Moreover, shutting down their ability to gain employment is dangerous.

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  • The current rise in employment can therefore be at least partially attributed to the Bush tax cuts of several years ago (employment is a very lagging indicator – almost the last thing to show results from economic policy changes).

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  • But more women will have to become much more aggressive than they are at present if equal opportunity in employment is to be achieved.

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