: of, relating to, or being something (such as training or experience) learned, gained, or done while working at a job

Examples of on-the-job in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new staff who were on-the-job training expressed their excitement to begin their positions, stated the training was good, and genuinely were happy with their decision to join the team. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 25 June 2024 None of these jobs required a college degree, and for workers looking to continue their education, many came with opportunities for tuition reimbursement and on-the-job training. Darnell Epps, Washington Post, 24 June 2024 Some schools offer credit for on-the-job experience, military service, or volunteer activities. Leslie Goldman, Parents, 24 June 2024 The instructor is supposed to: Routinely observe and evaluate the student’s on-the-job performance. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for on-the-job 

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of on-the-job was in 1938

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“On-the-job.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on-the-job. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: received or learned while working at a job
on-the-job training
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