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job

noun \ ˈjäb \

Definition of job

1 a :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
2 a :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
3 a :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

Examples of job in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of job

perhaps from obsolete English job lump

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

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job

verb

Definition of job

jobbed; jobbing
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

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Origin and Etymology of job

see 1job

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job

adjective

Definition of job

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

Origin and Etymology of job

see 1job

Job

noun \ ˈjōb \

Definition of Job

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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Origin and Etymology of job

Latin, from Greek Iōb, from Hebrew Iyyōbh

British Definition of JOB

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job

noun

British Definition of job

:state of affairs usually used with bad or good
  • it was a good job you didn't hit the old man
  • —E. L. Thomas
on the job
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job

adjective

British Definition of job

:that is for hire for a given service or period
  • a job gardener

JOB Defined for English Language Learners

job

noun

Definition of job for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

job

noun \ ˈjäb \

Definition of job for Students

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.

jobless

\-ləs\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

job

noun \ ˈjäb \

medical Definition of job

:plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes
  • an eye job

Law Dictionary

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job

verb

legal Definition of job

jobbed; jobbing
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

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job

noun

legal Definition of job

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


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