\ 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

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 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 Wolfowitz got the job but resigned in 2007 after a scandal over a pay raise for his girlfriend. Washington Post, "What a World Bank Critic Might Do as Its President," 18 Sep. 2019 The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. BostonGlobe.com, "UAW votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants - The Boston Globe," 16 Sep. 2019 Manning may follow in his brother’s footsteps and skip over to a contending roster threadbare at quarterback for one more run should Jones get the starting job and hold onto it. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning Showing Their Mortality as Quarterbacks," 16 Sep. 2019 That led to another job hosting 30-minute daily segments about celebrities and news of the day at HuffPost Live, the video streaming site run by The Huffington Post. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Deco Drive’ brings a Miami native home to WSVN," 16 Sep. 2019 Tom Parker for years and got the job of announcing that at the end of every concert to clear the room. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Hollywood Publicist's Surprising Side Hustle: A Book About Shocking Onstage Deaths," 15 Sep. 2019 The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. CBS News, "UAW says its 49,000 members at GM plants will go on strike," 15 Sep. 2019 The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. Tom Krisher, Anchorage Daily News, "UAW says its 49K members at GM plants will go on strike," 15 Sep. 2019 The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. Tom Krisher, The Denver Post, "49,000 workers at General Motors plants to go on strike," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Much of the grainy video featured in the film was shot by two jobbing camera operators hired by Jorge Cysterzpiler, Mr Maradona’s former agent, for a film about the footballer. L.n., The Economist, "“Diego Maradona” is Asif Kapadia’s best documentary to date," 27 June 2019 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 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 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 The Brewers are hardly the first first-place team to get jobbed in All-Star selections, and there aren't a ton of slam-dunk snubs on their roster. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "The first-place Milwaukee Brewers only have one All-Star," 6 July 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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The first known use of job was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for job

job

noun
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

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

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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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