[syn: use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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: employment, 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:
3: the act of giving someone a job [syn: employment,
4: the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic
drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers" [syn:
use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
142 Moby Thesaurus words for "employment":
act, acting, action, active use, activism, activities, activity,
affair, affairs, appliance, application, appointment, assignment,
attendance, bag, behavior, berth, bespeaking, billet, booking,
briefing, business, calling, commerce, concern, concernment,
consumption, craft, dirty work, disposition, doing, donkeywork,
drudgery, employ, engagement, engaging, enlistment, enrollment,
enterprise, exercise, exercising, exertion, exploitation, fag,
fatigue, function, functioning, gig, good use, grind, handiwork,
handling, handwork, hard usage, hard use, hire, hiring, ill use,
implementation, incumbency, industry, interest, job, labor, lick,
lick of work, line, livelihood, lookout, management, manipulation,
manual labor, matter, metier, ministration, ministry, mission,
misuse, moil, moonlighting, movements, occupation, office, opening,
operation, operations, peonage, place, play, position, post,
practice, praxis, preengagement, profession, purpose, pursuit,
racket, rat race, recruitment, reservation, retaining, retainment,
rough usage, scut work, second job, serfdom, service, servitium,
servitorship, servitude, situation, skill, slavery, spadework,
station, stroke, stroke of work, sweat, swing, taking on, task,
tendance, tenure, thing, tiresome work, toil, trade, travail,
treadmill, undertaking, usage, use, using, using up, utilization,
vacancy, vocation, work, working, workings, wrong use
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
EMPLOYMENT. An employment is an office; as, the secretary of the treasury
has a laborious and responsible employment; an agency, as, the employment of
an auctioneer; it signifies also the act by which one is engaged to do
something. 2 Mart. N. S. 672; 2 Harr. Cond. Lo. R. 778.
2. The employment of a printer to publish the laws of the United
States, is not an office. 17 S. & R. 219, 223. See Appointment.