unemployed Definition

  • 1without a job and therefore without regular income
  • 2not being used or put to use

Using unemployed: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "unemployed" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She has been unemployed for six months.

  • Example

    The factory has left many people unemployed.

  • Example

    The machine has been sitting in the garage, unemployed, for years.

unemployed Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for unemployed

Antonyms for unemployed

Phrases with unemployed

  • long-term unemployed

    people who have been out of work for an extended period, usually more than six months


    The government is providing assistance to the long-term unemployed.

  • unemployed benefits

    financial assistance provided by the government to people who are out of work


    He applied for unemployed benefits after losing his job.

  • the percentage of the total labor force that is unemployed but actively seeking employment and willing to work


    The unemployed rate has increased due to the pandemic.


Summary: unemployed in Brief

The term 'unemployed' [ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd] refers to people without a job and regular income. It can also describe things that are not being used. Examples include 'She has been unemployed for six months.' and 'The machine has been sitting in the garage, unemployed, for years.' Phrases like 'long-term unemployed' and 'unemployed benefits' denote specific aspects of unemployment.

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