1. The act of employing or using; also, the state of being employed.
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.
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; "he warned against the use of narcotic
drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers" [syn: use,
usage, utilization, utilisation, exercise]