Hypertext Webster Gateway: "employment"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Employment \Em*ploy"ment\, n.
1. The act of employing or using; also, the state of being

2. 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.

Cares are employments, and without employ The soul
is on a rack. --Young.

Syn: Work; business; occupation; vocation; calling; office;
service; commission; trade; profession.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the state of being employed or having a job; "they are
looking for employment"; "he was in the employ of the
city" [syn: {employ}] [ant: {unemployment}]
2: the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for
employment"; "a lot of people are out of work" [syn: {work}]
3: the act of giving someone a job [syn: {engagement}]
4: the act of using; "the steps were worn from years of use"
[syn: {use}, {usage}, {utilization}, {utilisation}, {exercise}]

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