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EMPLOY'MENT, noun The act of employing or using.

1. Occupation; business; that which engages the head or hands; as agricultural employments; mechanical employments. Men, whose employment is to make sport and amusement for others, are always despised.

2. Office; public business or trust; agency or service for another or for the public. The secretary of the treasury has a laborious and responsible employment He is in the employment of government.