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noun \ˈjäb\

Simple Definition of job

  • : the work that a person does regularly in order to earn money

  • : a duty, task, or function that someone or something has

  • : something that requires very great effort

Full Definition of job

  1. 1 a :  a piece of work; especially :  a small miscellaneous piece of work undertaken on order at a stated rate b :  the object or material on which work is being done c :  something produced by or as if by work <did a nice job> d :  an example of a usually specified type :  item <the limousine was a long white job>

  2. 2 a :  something done for private advantage <the whole incident was a put-up job> b :  a criminal enterprise; specifically :  robbery c :  a damaging or destructive bit of work <did a job on him>

  3. 3 a (1) :  something that has to be done :  task (2) :  an undertaking requiring unusual exertion <it was a real job to talk over that noise> b :  a specific duty, role, or function c :  a regular remunerative position d chiefly British :  state of affairs —usually used with bad or good <it was a good job you didn't hit the old man — E. L. Thomas>

  4. 4 :  plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes <a nose job>

on the job
  1. :  at work

Examples of job

  1. He took a job as a waiter.

  2. She has a high-paying job on Wall Street.

  3. She's trying to get a job in New York.

  4. The new factory will create thousands of jobs.

  5. They offered him the job but he turned it down.

  6. The blood's job is to carry oxygen to the different parts of the body.

  7. Construction of the bridge turned out to be a bigger job than they had expected.

  8. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Origin of job

perhaps from obsolete English job lump

First Known Use: circa 1627

Synonym Discussion of job

task, duty, job, chore, stint, assignment mean a piece of work to be done. task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance <charged with a variety of tasks>. duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance <the duties of a lifeguard>. job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance <the job of turning the company around>. chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm <every child was assigned chores>. stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service <a 2-month stint as a reporter>. assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority <a reporter's assignment>.

Rhymes with job




Definition of job


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to do odd or occasional pieces of work for hire

  3. 2 :  to carry on public business for private gain

  4. 3 :  to carry on the business of a middleman or wholesaler

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to buy and sell (as stock) for profit :  speculate

  7. 2 :  to hire or let by the job or for a period of service

  8. 3 :  to get, deal with, or effect by jobbery

  9. 4 :  to do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots :  subcontract —often used with out

  10. 5 :  to penalize or deprive unfairly


First Known Use of job





Definition of job

  1. 1 British :  that is for hire for a given service or period

  2. 2 :  used in, engaged in, or done as job work <a job shop>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to a job or to employment <a guarantee of job security>


First Known Use of job



noun \ˈjōb\

Definition of Job

  1. 1 :  the hero of the book of Job who endures afflictions with fortitude and faith

  2. 2 :  a narrative and poetic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see bible table

Origin of job

Latin, from Greek Iōb, from Hebrew Iyyōbh

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with job

JOB Defined for Kids


noun \ˈjäb\

Definition of job

  1. 1 :  work done regularly for pay <My mom has a good job.>

  2. 2 :  a special duty or function <It's my job to wash dishes.>

  3. 3 :  a piece of work usually done on order at an agreed rate <Carpenters did the repair job.>

  4. 4 :  something produced by or as if by work <I can do a better job.>

job·less \-ləs\ adjective

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈjäb\

Medical Definition of job

  1. :  plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes <an eye job>

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