What does Employment mean?

Definitions for Employment
ɛmˈplɔɪ məntem·ploy·ment

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Employment.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. employment, employnoun

    the state of being employed or having a job

    "they are looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the city"

  2. employment, worknoun

    the occupation for which you are paid

    "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"

  3. employment, engagementnoun

    the act of giving someone a job

  4. use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercisenoun

    the act of using

    "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"


  1. employmentnoun

    A use, purpose

  2. employmentnoun

    The act of employing

    The personnel director handled the whole employment procedure

  3. employmentnoun

    The state of being employed

  4. employmentnoun

    The work or occupation for which one is used, and often paid

  5. employmentnoun

    An activity to which one devotes time

  6. employmentnoun

    The number or percentage of people at work

  7. Etymology: From to employ (itself from employer (=modern), from empleier, from implicare "to enfold, involve, be connected with", itself from in- "in" + plicare "to fold") + -ment

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Employmentnoun

    Etymology: from employ.

    If any station, any employment upon earth be honourable, their’s was. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Leaders on each side, instead of intending the publick weal, have their hearts wholly set upon ways and means to get or to keep employments. Jonathan Swift.

    Call not your stocks for me; I serve the king,
    On whose employment I was sent to you. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.


  1. Employment

    Employment is a relationship between two parties regulating the provision of paid labour services. Usually based on a contract, one party, the employer, which might be a corporation, a not-for-profit organization, a co-operative, or any other entity, pays the other, the employee, in return for carrying out assigned work. Employees work in return for wages, which can be paid on the basis of an hourly rate, by piecework or an annual salary, depending on the type of work an employee does, the prevailing conditions of the sector and the bargaining power between the parties. Employees in some sectors may receive gratuities, bonus payments or stock options. In some types of employment, employees may receive benefits in addition to payment. Benefits may include health insurance, housing, disability insurance. Employment is typically governed by employment laws, organisation or legal contracts.


  1. employment

    Employment refers to the state of having a paid job or occupation. It involves a legal arrangement or agreement between an employer and an employee, where the employee provides their skills and labor in exchange for a salary or wage. Employment can be part-time or full-time and it contributes to the economic activity of a country. The terms of employment are often outlined in an employment contract.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Employmentnoun

    the act of employing or using; also, the state of being employed

  2. Employmentnoun

    that which engages or occupies; that which consumes time or attention; office or post of business; service; as, agricultural employments; mechanical employments; public employments; in the employment of government


  1. Employment

    Employment is a relationship between two parties, usually based on a contract, one being the employer and the other being the employee.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Employment

    The state of being engaged in an activity or service for wages or salary.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. employment

    The strategic, operational, or tactical use of forces.

Editors Contribution

  1. employment

    A just, fair and sustainable job with a specific role, responsibility, job description, person specification and terms and agreement of contract, wage and an annual holiday entitlement.

    She has the job description and person specification and knows she can do the job easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Employment' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #942

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Employment' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1133

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Employment' in Nouns Frequency: #410

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Employment in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Employment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Employment in a Sentence

  1. Le Hech:

    The employment situation is a complete disaster.

  2. Dave Hansen:

    To the extent that the subject's employment status has anything to do with these events, that will be part of the ongoing investigation. However, Read MoreAt was not terminated, and Read MoreAt was not in the process of being terminated.

  3. George Magnus:

    I think employment is now a bigger sensitivity than GDP.

  4. Michael Fitzpatrick:

    It's difficult for anybody to get a job these days, but they face particular problems, many of them have been away for a long time. They don't have that employment history. They have to indicate if they've ever been convicted of a crime.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I thought the jobs report was very good. The big thing to me was cracking 4, that hasn't been done in a long time ... we're at full employment. We're doing great.

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Translations for Employment

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  • وظيفة, توظيفArabic
  • занимание, служба, използване, употребаBulgarian
  • zaměstnanost, zaměstnáníCzech
  • Arbeit, Anstellung, Beschäftigung, ErwerbstätigkeitGerman
  • εργοδοσία, χρήση, εργοδότηση, πρόσληψη, απασχόληση, εργασία, δουλειάGreek
  • dungadoEsperanto
  • empleoSpanish
  • استخدامPersian
  • työllistäminen, ansiotyö, työllisyysFinnish
  • travail, emploiFrench
  • fostaíochtIrish
  • cosnadh, obairScottish Gaelic
  • empregoGalician
  • रोज़गारHindi
  • állás, elfoglaltság, alkalmazásHungarian
  • աշխատանք, գործArmenian
  • assunzione, impiego, occupazioneItalian
  • 雇用, 職業, 業務, 職, 勤め, 仕事, 使用, 就業人口, 勤務Japanese
  • 사용, 이용, 취업률, 일, 일자리, 고용, 직업, 활동, 근무Korean
  • вработеност, вработувањеMacedonian
  • nut, tewerkstelling, aanwerving, benutting, gebruik, emplooi, werkDutch
  • serviço, emprego, trabalhoPortuguese
  • занятость, занятие, трудоустройство, работа, службаRussian
  • запослење, zaposlenje, zaposlenost, запосленостSerbo-Croatian
  • sysselsättning, användning, sysselsättningsgrad, anställning, sysselsättningstalSwedish
  • ajiraSwahili
  • hizmetTurkish
  • việc làmVietnamese
  • 雇用Chinese

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