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From employ (itself from Middle French employer, from Middle French empleier, from Latin implicō (enfold, involve, be connected with), itself from in- + plicō (fold)) +‎ -ment.


  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈplɔɪmənt/, /ɛmˈplɔɪmənt/
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employment (countable and uncountable, plural employments)

  1. The work or occupation for which one is used, and often paid
  2. The act of employing
  3. A use, purpose
    • 1873, John Stuart Mill, Autobiography of John Stuart Mill:
      This new employment of his time caused no relaxation in his attention to my education.
    The personnel director handled the whole employment procedure
  4. The state of being employed
    • 1853, Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener, in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, New York: Penguin Books, 1968; reprint 1995 as Bartleby, ISBN 0 14 60.0012 9, p.3:
      At the period just preceding the advent of Bartleby, I had two persons as copyists in my employment, and a promising lad as an office-boy.
  5. An activity to which one devotes time
  6. (economics) The number or percentage of people at work



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