Employment is your occupation or the fact that you have a job. If you are looking for employment, you might start by attending a job fair — if you make a good impression, you might get hired immediately.

If you have employment, it means you have a job. You can also use the noun employment to talk about exactly what that job involves, like your employment in the entertainment industry or in the carnival business. Employment also refers to the act of giving someone a job. The Latin root is the word implicare, meaning "enfold, involve, or be connected with."

Definitions of employment
  1. noun
    the state of being employed or having a job
    “they are looking for employment
    synonyms: employ
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    the state of being unemployed or not having a job
    type of:
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  2. noun
    the occupation for which you are paid
    “he is looking for employment
    synonyms: work
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    coaching, coaching job
    the job of a professional coach
    booking, engagement
    employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
    the work of a minister of religion
    navigation, sailing, seafaring
    the work of a sailor
    work load, workload
    work that a person is expected to do in a specified time
    work paid for according to the quantity produced
    employment in or work for another
    telecommuting, teleworking
    employment at home while communicating with the workplace by phone or fax or modem
    performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others
    public service
    employment within a government system (especially in the civil service)
    paper route
    the job of delivering newspapers regularly
    a booking for performers, especially musicians
    navigation in coastal waters
    case load
    the number of cases handled in a given period of time (as by a court or agency)
    the job of a head of a government department
    type of:
    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  3. noun
    the act of giving someone a job
    synonyms: engagement
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    a way of hiring longshoremen by the day; applicants gather around a union boss who selects those to be hired
    the recall of an employee after a layoff
    booking, reservation
    the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of (a person or group)
    type of:
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  4. noun
    the act of using
    synonyms: exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization
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    the exercise of a profession
    utilization or exercise
    abuse, misuse
    improper or excessive use
    development, exploitation
    the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
    the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products
    application, practical application
    the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose
    the use of methods that do not cause long-term harm to the environment or deplete natural resources
    the practice of giving expert advice within a particular field
    the practice of beautifying the face and hair and skin
    dental practice
    the practice of dentistry
    law practice
    the practice of law
    medical practice
    the practice of medicine
    the practice of an optometrist
    private practice
    the practice of a profession independently and not as an employee
    drug abuse, habit, substance abuse
    excessive use of drugs
    land development
    making an area of land more useful
    water development, water program, water project
    making an area of water more useful
    bottle collection
    collecting bottles for reuse
    wrong use or application
    engineering, technology
    the practical application of science to commerce or industry
    overexploitation, overuse, overutilisation, overutilization
    exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
    capitalisation, capitalization
    the act of capitalizing on an opportunity
    commercialisation, commercialization
    the act of commercializing something; involving something in commerce
    the act of providing electricity
    unitisation, unitization
    the joint development of a petroleum resource that straddles territory controlled by different companies
    the use or practice of witchcraft
    type of:
    any specific behavior
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