Definition of unemployed in English:


Line breaks: un|employed
Pronunciation: /ʌnɪmˈplɔɪd
, -ɛm-/


  • 1(Of a person) without a paid job but available to work: I was unemployed for three months (as plural noun the unemployed) a training programme for the long-term unemployed
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    • There will also be money available for marketing and wage subsidies for firms hiring unemployed people.
    • The patient and the unemployed person are better described as beneficiaries of the service.
    • Unless you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week you may have to pay for advice.
    jobless, out of work, out of a job, not working, between jobs, workless, unwaged, unoccupied, idle; redundant, laid off, sacked, dismissed; on benefit; British signing on; North American on welfare, collecting unemployment
    British informal on the dole, ‘resting’
    Australian/New Zealand informal on the wallaby track
  • 1.1(Of a thing) not in use: you have to put your left foot under the clutch when it is unemployed

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