job

noun (1)
\ ˈjäb How to pronounce job (audio) \
plural jobs

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 There comes a time in everyone's life when you need a lawyer. And I'm not implying that you're going to hold up a liquor store or pull a bank job anytime soon. — Stephen Fenech
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 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Madam Galen variety does a good job of decorating a fence, but the native forms are difficult to manage. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 1 July 2022 The question was, however, who would do a better job. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 30 June 2022 The company did a great job with the launch by timing it with a report on the growth of the Metaverse, which stated that the market opportunity has the potential to reach $1 trillion. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Just as in liquid shampoos, these do a great job at cleaning hair without leaving residue. Chiara Butler, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2022 Tippsy Sake does an outstanding job of making sake less intimidating and more approachable. Rich Manning, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2022 However, Cadillac's designers and engineers have done a rather good job of packaging the batteries without making the SUV look unnaturally tall, at 63.9 inches (1,623 mm). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 28 June 2022 At this particular moment, our AI toys aren’t doing a very good job of reflecting us at all. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 28 June 2022 White Western history often does a great job of centering itself. New York Times, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Masters champion, buoyed by an eagle that came courtesy of a 157-yard can job on the 560-yard par-5 eighth, sat solo atop the US Open leaderboard at 6-under par. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2022 The asphalt mix is then loaded onto 18-ton trucks that transport the mix to job sites. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 Employees have resisted – savoring the flexibility afforded by remote work – and many are prepared to job hop if their company mandates in-person work. Fortune, 26 May 2022 The asphalt mix is then loaded onto 18-ton trucks that transport the mix to job sites. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 How can job environments be places that help people thrive rather than wearing them down? Christina Maslach, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2022 The asphalt mix is then loaded onto 18-ton trucks that transport the mix to job sites. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 The asphalt mix is then loaded onto 18-ton trucks that transport the mix to job sites. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 20 Feb. 2022 How can job searchers chart a path forward that aligns with their new priorities? Laura Brown, Fortune, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The students Cruzvergara work with often underplay their non-job experiences. Fortune, 1 June 2022 The City Council has been taking numerous anti-job actions, driving out employment from the city. Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 That's where the Supreme Court's anti-job discrimination decision could play a critical role. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 15 June 2020 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/job. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for job

job

noun
\ 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

job

noun
\ ˈjäb How to pronounce job (audio) \

Medical Definition of job

: plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes an eye job

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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