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Definition of unemployed adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    unemployed

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˌʌnɪmˈplɔɪd//
     
     
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  1. 1  without a job although able to work synonym jobless
  2. 2 How long have you been unemployed? an unemployed lawyer an increase in the number of people registered as unemployed Topic CollocationsUnemploymentlosing your job lose/quit/leave your job get/be fired/ (informal) laid off/ (formal) terminated/asked to resign (for doing something) be offered/take early retirement face/be threatened with dismissal dismiss/fire an employee/a worker/a manager lay off staff/workers/employees cut/reduce/downsize the workforcebeing unemployed be unemployed/out of work/out of a job look for/seek work/employment be on/collect/draw/get/receive unemployment (benefits) claim/draw/get/be on/qualify for unemployment (compensation) be/go/live/depend on welfare collect/receive/apply for/qualify for welfare combat/tackle/cut/reduce unemployment
the unemployed
 
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noun [plural] a program to get the long-term unemployed back to work I've joined the ranks of the unemployed (= I've lost my job).
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