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job

noun

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1 an assignment at which one regularly works for pay
  • a high-paying job as a banker

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2 a piece of work that needs to be done regularly
  • taking the trash out is one of my jobs

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3 a specific task with which a person or group is charged
  • your job on this committee is to review the curriculum and suggest changes

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4 the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used or for which a thing exists
  • a coffeemaker's job is to make coffee, and this overpriced machine doesn't do it very well

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5 a dull, unpleasant, or difficult piece of work
  • boy, doing all that filing was a real job

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job

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of job (Entry 2 of 2)

as in contract, partner

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Frequently Asked Questions About job

How does the noun job contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of job are assignment, chore, duty, stint, and task. While all these words mean "a piece of work to be done," job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance.

the job of turning the company around

When is it sensible to use assignment instead of job?

The words assignment and job can be used in similar contexts, but assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority.

a reporter's assignment

When is chore a more appropriate choice than job?

While in some cases nearly identical to job, chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm.

every child was assigned chores

In what contexts can duty take the place of job?

The words duty and job are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance.

the duties of a lifeguard

When would stint be a good substitute for job?

While the synonyms stint and job are close in meaning, stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service.

a 2-month stint as a reporter

When could task be used to replace job?

The meanings of task and job largely overlap; however, task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance.

charged with a variety of tasks

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

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“Job.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/job. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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