job

noun (1)
\ ˈjäb \

Definition of job

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a regular remunerative position got a part-time job as a waiter she quit her job
b : a specific duty, role, or function The heart's job is to circulate blood.
c(1) : something that has to be done : task was given the job of delivering the bad news
(2) : an undertaking requiring unusual exertion it was a real job to talk over that noise
2a : a piece of work doing odd jobs around the house Repairing the roof was a big job. especially : a small miscellaneous piece of work undertaken on order at a stated rate a car that needs a brake job
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
3a : something done for private advantage the whole incident was a put-up job
b : a criminal enterprise specifically : robbery the gang that pulled the bank job
c : a damaging or destructive bit of work did a job on him
4 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
5 : plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes an eye job — see nose job
on the job
: at work : while working was injured on the job

job

verb
jobbed; jobbing

Definition of job (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to do odd or occasional pieces of work for hire supported himself by jobbing in local orchestras
2 : to carry on public business for private gain
3 : to carry on the business of a middleman or wholesaler

transitive verb

1 : to buy and sell (something, such as stock) for profit : speculate
2 : to hire or let by the job or for a period of service job a carriage
3 : to get, deal with, or effect by jobbery
4 : to do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots : subcontract often used with out a publisher who knew the market might have jobbed out the work to factories in Asia— Michael Shnayerson
5 : to penalize or deprive unfairly … fans and players who may still believe that … they were jobbed out of a World Championship …— Roger Angell

job

adjective

Definition of job (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : of or relating to a job or to employment a guarantee of job security
2 : used in, engaged in, or done as job work a job shop
3 British : that is for hire for a given service or period a job gardener

Job

noun (2)
\ ˈjōb \

Definition of Job (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : the hero of the book of Job who endures afflictions with fortitude and faith
2 : a narrative and poetic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see Bible Table

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Noun (1)

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

Examples of job in a Sentence

Noun (1)

He took a job as a waiter. She has a high-paying job on Wall Street. She's trying to get a job in New York. The new factory will create thousands of jobs. They offered him the job but he turned it down. The blood's job is to carry oxygen to the different parts of the body. Construction of the bridge turned out to be a bigger job than they had expected. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With the shutdown now over, Morgan, 62, is reporting back to her job Monday as an administrative planner for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019 That facility is expected to churn out 8,000 batteries a year and create up to 120 jobs. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "South Australia is fueling energy storage investment," 27 Nov. 2018 Per her intro video, as Miss North Carolina it's been her job to travel. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Get to Know 'Bachelor' Contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes," 11 Jan. 2019 Preparing America’s youth for an increasingly uncertain future has never been an easy job for the millions of teachers in this country. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 Of course there would be requirements, this isn’t your average job posting. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Need a Fresh Start in 2019? California Has an Opening for a Lighthouse Keeper," 8 Jan. 2019 Whereas roped climbing requires a belay buddy to control the rope, Varisco points out that bouldering is a one-person job. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why You Should Try Bouldering Like Brie Larson," 7 Jan. 2019 Lagerfeld is allergic to nostalgia, quick to move on to the next job, the next collection, the next muse. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Karl Lagerfeld Turns Interior Designer With a New Miami Masterpiece," 3 Jan. 2019 The Office of Management and Budget estimated that the 2013 shutdown, which lasted 16 days, resulted in 120,000 fewer jobs and cut economic growth by 0.2 to 0.6 percent in the last quarter of that year. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Trump’s approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during shutdown," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority recently expanded bus service from the urban core to south Johnson County jobs hubs. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Study: KC's job accessibility by transit growing faster than in San Francisco, Austin," 29 June 2018 More details: NKY Medicaid forum: Able-bodied must job train or volunteer More: Want to keep Medicaid? Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "A federal judge will decide whether Ky. Medicaid work rules start July 1 in NKY," 28 June 2018 These movies extend his doleful comedies across decades, cultures and nations, putting his words in the mouths of Australian ranchers, Japanese schoolgirls, French auteurs and jobbing New York actors. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘The Seagull’ Brings Chekhov’s Doleful Comedy to Cinemas," 4 May 2018 Expanded bus service begins April 2 from Kansas City’s urban core to south Johnson County jobs hubs, after the Johnson County Commission unanimously approved the plan Thursday. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Bus service will improve access to south Johnson County jobs," 15 Feb. 2018 Over the next couple of months, the students will job shadow employees at that plant, learning about those careers. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seeking young talent, Harley-Davidson launches youth apprenticeships in the skilled trades," 29 Mar. 2018 MacLean stressed that unions may control which jobs its members take and which projects their employers pursue, and that they could be used to prevent studios from staffing up adequately. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Game developers look to unions to fix the industry’s exploitative workplace culture," 23 Mar. 2018 The companies were nothing like the blue-collar, assembly-line jobs his generation associates with factory work. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "Why are apprenticeships a good idea that have never really taken off in the U.S.?," 22 Dec. 2017 John Sleezer The Kansas City Star Players and coaches will (rarely) never admit that the officials jobbed them - but privately, do Reid & Company think the refs sucked Thurs? Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: KC’s 11 best rivalries, Chiefs and Sporting | The Kansas City Star," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of job

Noun (1)

circa 1558, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1681, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for job

Noun (1), Verb, and Adjective

perhaps from obsolete English job lump

Noun (2)

Latin, from Greek Iōb, from Hebrew Iyyōbh

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job

noun

English Language Learners 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

job

noun
\ ˈjäb \

Kids Definition of job

1 : work done regularly for pay My mom has a good job.
2 : a special duty or function It's my job to wash dishes.
3 : a piece of work usually done on order at an agreed rate Carpenters did the repair job.
4 : something produced by or as if by work I can do a better job.

Other Words from job

jobless \ -​ləs \ adjective

job

noun
\ ˈjäb \

Medical Definition of job

: plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes an eye job

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job

verb
jobbed; jobbing

Legal Definition of job

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to do odd or occasional pieces of work for hire
2 : to carry on the business of a middleman or wholesaler

transitive verb

1 : to buy and sell (as stock) for profit
2 : to hire or let by the job or for a period of service
3 : to do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots : subcontract

job

noun

Legal Definition of job (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : a specific duty, role, or function a job description
b : a regular remunerative position
on the job
: at work

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