\ ˈjäb How to pronounce job (audio) \

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 goodit 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


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 outa 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

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
\ ˈjōb How to pronounce Job (audio) \

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 White House counsel Pat Cipollone won't be involved after leading Trump's defense during his first impeachment a year ago in part because his job ends with Biden's inauguration, one person familiar with the matter said. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, "Trump said to plan defiant final week amid push for ouster," 11 Jan. 2021 Four Democrats from East Portland each want to be appointed to the Senate District 24 seat, which Sen. Shemia Fagan plans to vacate at the end of the year in preparation for her new job as Oregon's secretary of state. oregonlive, "Multnomah, Clackamas commissioners will choose the next Oregon Senate member Wednesday," 6 Jan. 2021 Saban still talks about how unfocused and disorganized the preparation was for the January 2019 championship showdown with Clemson when practically the entire coaching staff had accepted or was about to take a new job. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What Steve Sarkisian to Texas means for Alabama’s national title hopes," 3 Jan. 2021 Even before the pandemic and shutdown, the company had said very little beyond pointing to the new paint job on Cinderella Castle. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Theme parks in 2021: Coasters, cars, fests, reopenings and crossed fingers," 31 Dec. 2020 That means things like rental deposit or transportation to a new job. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Beefed-up drug, alcohol rehab program set to launch at Salvation Army in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 The next day, decked out in a blue suit with a Tar Heel blue tie, Trubisky was introduced to his new city, his new workplace at Halas Hall and his new and challenging job. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking Mitch Trubisky’s 50 starts with the Chicago Bears, from a record-tying 6-touchdown day to a major season-opening dud," 30 Dec. 2020 Examples might include Mondays, birthdays, the first of the month or other milestones like starting a new job or moving to a different state. New York Times, "This Year, Try Downsizing Your Resolutions," 29 Dec. 2020 Jay struggled to find a new job during the pandemic. Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, "Seven days, 29 killings: L.A. County’s deadliest week reveals pain, inequity and injustice," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rowe tugged on his gloves and started to job onto the pitch before the referees called him back, realizing a player couldn’t be substituted during a shootout. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City keeper Brian Rowe steps into goal for conference semifinal," 24 Nov. 2020 It is sponsored by Workforce Solutions and will help job candidates from Stafford, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Rosenberg, Fulshear, Katy, Richmond and southwest Houston meet employers through virtual booths that are free for employers. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Fort Bend County bond election update slated for Wednesday," 20 Sep. 2020 Plus, the penalties offset, which is a dumb rule that punishes no one. · Ravens blasting Browns Sunday just made the Bengals job a little harder Thursday night, assuming the Browns have any pride at all. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Chargers," 14 Sep. 2020 The wind industry is plagued by slowdowns in obtaining parts from overseas, getting them to job sites and constructing new turbines. Patrick Whittle, The Denver Post, "Solar, wind energy struggle as coronavirus takes toll," 2 May 2020 And for the first time, lawmakers in Washington are talking seriously about responding with a government jobs program, along the lines of what President Franklin Roosevelt enacted in the 1930s. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "On Politics: How Will the Economy Be Rebuilt?," 2 Apr. 2020 The Royal Horticultural Society welcomed its 500,000th member in 2019, the same year that saw the number of jobbing gardeners in Britain grow by more than 5% to 157,000, according to Statista, a business data platform. The Economist, "Looking for gardeners Finding a great gardener can be a challenge in Britain," 14 Mar. 2020 The biggest was Vegas, getting jobbed by bad officiating in their matchup with San Jose. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 3 Oct. 2019 Clearly, that one task had been jobbed out to an Indian company. Orson Scott Card, National Review, "The Ancestral Diversity of Americans," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That's where the Supreme Court's anti-job discrimination decision could play a critical role. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "What the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on LGBTQ job discrimination means for transgender health protections," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of job

Noun (1)

circa 1558, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1681, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


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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The first known use of job was before the 12th century

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Job.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/job. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce Job (audio)

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


\ ˈjäb How to pronounce job (audio) \

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


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Medical Definition of job

: plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes an eye job

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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



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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