Definition of “employer” - English Dictionary

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“employer” in British English

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employernoun [ C ]

uk /ɪmˈplɔɪ.ər/ us /ɪmˈplɔɪ.ɚ/

B1 a person or organization that employs people:

We need a reference from your former employer.

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  • She was fired after she was caught stealing from her employer.
  • He gets paid a good wage, because he works for a fair employer.
  • It's about time employers realized that staff who are happy work more efficiently.
  • Many employers consider hands-on experience to be just as useful as academic qualifications.
  • I'm very lucky - I love my job and Geoff really is the ideal employer.

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

“employer” in American English

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employernoun [ C ]

us /ɪmˈplɔɪ·ər/

a person, company, or organization that pays people to work for them:

The Air Force is the largest employer in this area.

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

“employer” in Business English

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employernoun [ C ]

uk /ɪmˈplɔɪər/ us HR

a person, company, or organization that employs people:

big/large/major employer The telecommunications giant currently provides over 2000 jobs and is the largest employer in the region.
private sector/public sector employer Public sector employers account for the majority of jobs in health and education.
a previous/current/new employer
potential/prospective/future employer The purpose of a CV is to reveal your accomplishments and qualifications to a potential employer.
work for/have an employer Statutory maternity pay is available to those who have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks.

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