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 for employment
From 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
        employed.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Cares are employments, and without employ
              The soul is on a rack.                --Young.
  
     Syn: Work; business; occupation; vocation; calling; office;
          service; commission; trade; profession.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  employment
      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:
         employment, work]
      3: the act of giving someone a job [syn: employment,
         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, employment,
         exercise]

From 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
  
  

From 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. 
  
  

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