Meaning of “employee” in the English Dictionary

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"employee" in British English

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employeenoun [ C ]

uk /ɪmˈplɔɪ.iː/ /ˌem.plɔɪˈiː/ us /ɪmˈplɔɪ.iː/ /ˌem.plɔɪˈiː/

B1 someone who is paid to work for someone else:

The number of employees in the company has trebled over the past decade.
She's a former state employee/employee of the state.

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  • If any employee needs to take time off, s/he should contact the Personnel Department.
  • Annabel has been a hardworking and responsible employee.
  • The police want to interview every employee about the theft.
  • We are concerned about the physical and psychological well-being of our employees.
  • Laws exist to stop companies exploiting their employees.

(Definition of “employee” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"employee" in American English

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employeenoun [ C ]

us /ɪmˌplɔɪˈi/

a person who is paid to work for someone else:

Some of their employees do not have insurance.

(Definition of “employee” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"employee" in Business English

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employeenoun [ C ]

uk /ɪmˈplɔɪiː/ us HR

someone who is paid to work for someone else:

The number of employees in the company has trebled over the past decade.
I discussed my complaint with an employee of the bank.
have/recruit/train employees We have ten employees and a turnover of around £450,000.
a full-time/part-time employee
a former/new/prospective employee
a senior/experienced employee

(Definition of “employee” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)