Definition of unemployed in English:

unemployed

adjective

  • 1(of a person) without a paid job but available to work.

    ‘I was unemployed for three months’
    ‘a training programme for the long-term unemployed’
    • ‘Many people are not aware of their full rights and entitlements as unemployed people.’
    • ‘An unemployed person can claim income support to live on and apply for help paying rent and council tax.’
    • ‘Nearly one in ten people are unemployed in Germany, with almost one in five in the east.’
    • ‘There will also be money available for marketing and wage subsidies for firms hiring unemployed people.’
    • ‘He is already repaying a loan he took and he was unemployed for eight months in 2004.’
    • ‘In those days, crime was at a very low level, and the Minister knew every unemployed person by name.’
    • ‘Unless you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week you may have to pay for advice.’
    • ‘It also hopes to get at least six unemployed people back into work.’
    • ‘This is a regime which rules through military courts, while between six and ten million people are unemployed.’
    • ‘Poor and unemployed people of all origins, clustered around District Six, participated.’
    • ‘We have businesses who need skilled employees and unemployed people who need work.’
    • ‘When I started my site I was unemployed or temping as a secretarial assistant in London.’
    • ‘The patient and the unemployed person are better described as beneficiaries of the service.’
    • ‘A lot of unemployed people come to the centre trying to get computer skills to improve their chances of getting a job.’
    • ‘He was unemployed for three months and has now found a new job, but on a lot less money.’
    • ‘Millions of young, often well educated people are unemployed and face a bleak future.’
    • ‘Once he took part in a large demonstration of unemployed people in Battersea.’
    • ‘Young mums and unemployed people, as well as the elderly have complained they are not able to afford the new charges.’
    • ‘The courses are free for unemployed people, while wage earners pay a small fee.’
    • ‘There is also the growing underclass of young unemployed people who have little prospect of moving upwards.’
    jobless, out of work, out of a job, not working, between jobs, workless, unwaged, unoccupied, idle
    redundant, laid off, sacked, dismissed
    on benefit
    signing on
    on welfare, collecting unemployment
    on the dole
    resting
    on the wallaby track
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    1. 1.1(of a thing) not in use.
      ‘you have to put your left foot under the clutch when it is unemployed’

Pronunciation:

unemployed

/ʌnɛmˈplɔɪd//ʌnɪmˈplɔɪd/