Definition of employment in English:

employment

noun

  • 1The state of having paid work:

    ‘a fall in the numbers in full-time employment’
    • ‘Apparently, I had a tax liability relating to my second period of employment with this employer.’
    • ‘Traditionally, large Japanese companies have provided lifetime employment for their more valued employees in return for lifetime loyalty.’
    • ‘Reasonableness may also require the employer to offer suitable alternative employment if appropriate.’
    • ‘Was the solution to improve the conditions of women's paid employment?’
    • ‘The parent must have completed one year's continuous employment with their employer to qualify for parental leave.’
    • ‘The number of people in paid employment has more or less doubled since 1990.’
    • ‘An employer, in the absence of just cause, remains free to terminate the employment of an employee.’
    • ‘Only once did he seriously seek fulltime employment outside New Haven.’
    • ‘But why do we think it beyond the capabilities of students to take on paid employment while studying?’
    • ‘She is currently seeking alternative employment in Scotland to coincide with her move north.’
    • ‘The husband argues that the wife has had sufficient time to secure meaningful full time employment.’
    • ‘Niche markets for undergraduates are important in providing employment opportunities.’
    • ‘His efforts to obtain employment in the financial sector were undocumented and few.’
    • ‘He continued that structures were needed to provide full-time employment for young people and also summer jobs.’
    • ‘The course was specifically aimed at individuals with a genuine interest in securing full-time employment in the retail sector.’
    • ‘And with these openings come employment opportunities for school leavers.’
    • ‘But does this responsibility not also extend to parents in paid employment?’
    • ‘We laughed as I recalled my first week of employment in the industry.’
    • ‘The burden could grow exponentially as the female participation rate in paid employment escalates.’
    • ‘The new element in the Australian family situation is maternal employment.’
    1. 1.1 The action of giving work to someone:
      ‘the employment of a full-time tutor’
      • ‘There was also a positive change in employment of young people below 30 registered over the month.’
      • ‘Interviews must be conducted with care and an understanding of employment discrimination laws.’
      • ‘We recommend also that the members resolve to consider the employment of a full-time solicitor.’
      hiring, hire, engagement, engaging, taking on, signing up, enrolment, enrolling, commissioning, enlisting
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    2. 1.2[count noun] A person's trade or profession:
      ‘he travelled in a variety of employments’
      • ‘This means trading and professional income together with income from non-pensionable employments.’
      • ‘If an individual's incapacity prevents him from aspiring to a normal range of employments, he is treated as permanently incapacitated.’
      • ‘After running for state legislature and losing, he took up a variety of employments, from blacksmith to shop keeper.’
      • ‘Certain people move into occupations, environments, employments, that actually bring out certain aspects of leadership.’
      • ‘But at least for some, such employments usually result in frustration.’
      • ‘An employee may combine years of pensionable service from his or her current employment with that from previous employments, if the previous pension benefits have been transferred to the current employer's scheme.’
      • ‘The first is that women freely choose to enter these jobs, and the second is that these sweatshop jobs are better than the alternative employments available to women in developing economies.’
      • ‘The advantages of these alternative employments over domestic service were obvious: wages were higher, conditions better, and independence enhanced.’
      • ‘It may well be the case that the programmes have delivered industrial peace in the public sector and in unionised employments in the private sector, but at what price?’
      • ‘There has also been a massive industrialisation of some of the traditional employments in the region, particularly the fishing industry with its canneries.’
      • ‘He obtained a variety of employments but continued to suffer flashbacks and night terrors and to drink heavily.’
      • ‘Psychological tests, widely used in a variety of sensitive employments, would be deemed forbidden by the Constitution if a judge thought them ‘unreasonable.’’
      • ‘We have seen how modern industry always tends to the substitution of the simpler and more subordinate employments for the higher and more complex ones.’
      job, post, position, situation, day job, occupation, profession, trade, livelihood, career, business, line, line of work, calling, vocation, craft, pursuit
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  • 2The utilization of something:

    ‘economies can be made by the full employment of existing facilities’
    • ‘Understanding these benefits and limitations is critical to the proper employment of space forces.’
    • ‘World War II offers ample material for a study of the combat employment of mountain troops.’
    • ‘The authoritarian populism of Thatcher and Reagan were two such successful employments of neo-liberalism by politicians on the right.’
    • ‘Not only does fortification preserves their combat potential but also improves combat employment of weapons and equipment.’
    use, utilization, implementation, application, exercise
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Pronunciation

employment

/ɛmˈplɔɪm(ə)nt//ɪmˈplɔɪm(ə)nt/