Main definitions of job in English

: job1job2Job3


Pronunciation /jäb/ /dʒɑb/

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  • 1A paid position of regular employment.

    ‘a part-time job’
    • ‘jobs are created in the private sector, not in Washington’
    • ‘Landing a part-time job on campus as a peer counselor eased her money woes.’
    • ‘He said he wouldn't want to guide a Marine into a low-paying, dead-end job.’
    • ‘In Kabul, they usually have low-paying, menial jobs such as janitorial work.’
    • ‘Over the past two years 3,665 well-paid factory jobs have left Bloomington.’
    • ‘She has an excellent, high-paying job and even owns her own house.’
    • ‘I quit my nine-to-five job and became a professional photographer.’
    • ‘More than 9,000 manufacturing jobs have been shed across East Lancashire in five years.’
    • ‘At the same time, manufacturing jobs have been exported overseas.’
    • ‘Just four weeks after her husband's office closed the £40,000-a-year job offer was suddenly withdrawn.’
    • ‘Kay drifted through a series of dead-end jobs for six years.’
    • ‘The summer job market for students improved slightly compared with last year.’
    • ‘He described it as the " most plum job in the industry".’
    • ‘If that were to occur surely Pearce would be granted the manager's job on a permanent basis.’
    • ‘All the stimulation and conversations made transitioning back to work at my day job quite difficult.’
    • ‘The abject failure to accept that fact only makes the manager's job even harder.’
    • ‘Following the job losses announced last week, just over 400 workers would remain.’
    • ‘The center's database allows job seekers to sign up and manage their accounts.’
    • ‘Part of the mystery comes from the fact that the job description is changing.’
    • ‘When they do something appreciated by the people they serve, job satisfaction soars.’
    • ‘If the jobs go overseas or pay at overseas wages, ambitious people will move to other fields.’
    position of employment, position, post, situation, place, appointment, posting, placement, day job
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  • 2A task or piece of work, especially one that is paid.

    ‘she wants to be left alone to get on with the job’
    • ‘you did a good job of explaining’
    • ‘Inputting time spent and expenses incurred on jobs, activities or tasks is quick and easy.’
    • ‘Based on the TV series farm jobs, tasks, rewards, and unseen pieces from the programme were explored.’
    • ‘I wrote two pieces tonight for various jobs, but they both are thin, trembling, smelly things.’
    • ‘In other policing roles you only see bits and pieces of some jobs, you don't get to follow them all the way through to the end result.’
    • ‘Dye also brought in his own shapers and equipment from other jobs to piece the construction of the course together.’
    • ‘His job was to help piece the puzzle together and confirm the fate of the aircrew.’
    • ‘Todd Whitelock also did a great job on the pieces for piano and cello that are on there.’
    • ‘Providing workers to do the dirtiest, riskiest jobs has become a big business.’
    • ‘What jobs or tasks today, or in the past, do not require knowledge?’
    • ‘Somewhere on the long list of jobs is a task to erect a nice little shed in the back garden.’
    • ‘We also have a wide range of tasks and jobs to do in lots of different locations and we won't be able to get everyone together.’
    • ‘This piece does a nice job at dismantling some of the stunts and action sequences in the film.’
    • ‘He assumed that role with Atlanta, freeing Cox from the impossible task of doing both jobs.’
    • ‘It can be used by itself on smaller projects or to supplement big equipment on larger jobs.’
    • ‘The city had promised those who worked there that they would get other jobs once that grim task ended.’
    • ‘I think everyone agrees that Warren has done a dismal job of being a Big Brother secret agent.’
    • ‘The biggest job will be the replacement of the floors in the two change rooms.’
    • ‘A petty thief is seen pulling off a cheap scam on a shopkeeper by a major league con-artist who recruits him for a big job.’
    • ‘Cox has done a smart, thorough job of explaining and contextualizing this unusual figure.’
    • ‘I think you did a commendable job of explaining how to get started.’
    task, piece of work, assignment, project
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    1. 2.1A responsibility or duty.
      ‘it's our job to find things out’
      • ‘This area is in my ward and it is my job to respond to the concerns of residents and raise them with council.’
      • ‘It is our job and our duty to promote recycling and we are slowly getting there.’
      • ‘The council has a duty to do its job and provide adequate services for the community.’
      • ‘All are equal in the sight of God, however all have different responsibilities and jobs.’
      • ‘You are older and wiser and have guided me in the teachings of my job and duties.’
      • ‘For years, it had been his responsibility; his lone job, apart from the outside world.’
      • ‘So your job or your responsibility is to look after creation as if you look after your own family.’
      • ‘If the European Commission does its job and is evidence-led, then it is doing its duty.’
      • ‘When asked what the most difficult part of his job was, Gayle took a minute to think.’
      • ‘Look, nothing makes a man's job easier than when you boldly suggest a date.’
      • ‘Every good mathematician knows that is the real job of axioms: once stated, they exist to be satisfied.’
      • ‘Her sole job was to pump the bellows on the furnace to keep it hot.’
      responsibility, duty, charge, concern, task
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    2. 2.2informal in singular A difficult task.
      • ‘we thought you'd have a job getting there’
      • ‘If Sligo had lost James Kearins would have had a real job on his hands to try and rally the troops for this one.’
      • ‘But to be truthful it is very dull at the moment and it's a real job to motivate myself to study.’
      • ‘If that's what the local conditions are like then we've got a real job on our hands.’
      • ‘Not that it matters, as they knew who it was, but they had a job trying to piece the scene together.’
      difficult task, problem, trouble, struggle, strain, hard time, trial, bother
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    3. 2.3informal with modifier A procedure to improve the appearance of something, especially an operation involving plastic surgery.
      • ‘someone had done a skillful paint job’
      • ‘she's had a nose job’
      • ‘Other maintenance jobs which will greatly improve the look of your lawn can also be done in spring.’
      • ‘Right now it's in the basement, spattered with paint, veteran of many home improvement jobs.’
      • ‘It's the most basic home improvement job, but also the one that delivers the most obvious results.’
      • ‘It is only a five minute job, but it improves the look of the grass immeasurably.’
      • ‘This is one of the most satisfying home improvement jobs you can do.’
      • ‘You finished your paint job but you have some paint left over.’
      • ‘My car is booked for a Warrant of Fitness tomorrow, so let's all keep our extremities crossed that it passes with no big repair jobs.’
      • ‘The council promised to mount a massive clean-up job and renew lighting panels at the subway on Friday.’
      • ‘A great wax job and properly fitted skis are a tremendous help when you want good grip.’
      • ‘The church warden was able to carry out a quick repair job and the service went ahead as planned.’
    4. 2.4informal A crime, especially a robbery.
      • ‘a series of daring bank jobs’
      • ‘Lastly, Neo didn't do a good job of providing an interesting mix of burglary tools for the jobs.’
      • ‘Splashy bank jobs, bombings, high profile murders - and nobody seems to be able to get a grip on it.’
      • ‘You know the blockers are doing theft jobs when Holmes consistently is getting by the initial wave of defenders.’
      • ‘He kept reappearing in my life to offer me more criminal jobs for money to pay to return.’
      • ‘Caroline allowed the Guardian to tag along on one of her jobs a burglary in leafy Purley Oaks.’
      crime, felony
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    5. 2.5Computing An operation or group of operations treated as a single and distinct unit.
      ‘The software automatically deploys a small agent program on each computer as scheduled defrag jobs begin.’
      • ‘ThinPrint offers software to sort out print jobs in internet and mobile environments.’
      • ‘You conceivably can use work queues for jobs other than bottom-half processing, however.’
      • ‘For example, suppose one of root's cron jobs uses Stunnel to send files to a remote rsync process.’
      • ‘In this way you are parallelizing several serial jobs by starting them all at once, each on a different CPU.’
  • 3informal with modifier A thing of a specified kind.

    • ‘the car was a blue malevolent-looking job’
    • ‘In Big Blogger's mind there is a camera though - why else would he be decked out in the old bow tie job?’

verbjobs, jobbing, jobbed

  • 1no object Do casual or occasional work.

    ‘she jobbed as a waitress until her first role in a movie’
    • ‘Before his fateful punch-up, Bardem had been an aspiring painter, part-time stripper and occasional jobbing actor.’
    • ‘There are the jobbing comics who do the circuit of the clubs.’
    • ‘So we need to set up a jobbing enterprise where skilled pensioners can do repairs and small jobs reasonably quickly and well.’
    • ‘You can then find a way into becoming a jobbing director if that's what you want, but for the first couple you have to have a passion for it.’
    • ‘I'm just a jobbing broadcaster who happens to be called Dimbleby, that's all.’
    • ‘It has to be in language that a jobbing plumber from Paisley can understand.’
    • ‘‘I'm just a jobbing actor, really,’ he shrugs, humbly.’
    • ‘People miss out on one key thing about when Bill left music to be a jobbing farmer.’
    • ‘A jobbing New York model, she arrived in London in 1994, after correctly calculating her potential future as ‘a bigger fish in a smaller pond’.’
    • ‘But I didn't want to become a jobbing biographer.’
    • ‘He was a jobbing photographer (including some years on the Listener's Auckland staff) as much as he was the laureate of Kiwiana.’
    • ‘But double jobbing was not a major problem, he believed.’
    • ‘A jobbing musician, he not only achieved tremendous respect as a jazz artist but he worked with popular African and Caribbean bands as well.’
    • ‘‘I don't think my career has been that amazing because I still see myself as a jobbing actress,’ she said.’
    • ‘For the next two years it's more important to me to do the writing than take on jobbing director work.’
    • ‘Post-college, he became a jobbing actor within television.’
    • ‘In 1951 he moved to Oxford and with very simple equipment set himself up as a jobbing printer - this was the start of the Fantasy Press.’
    • ‘Now, it strikes me that a jobbing wedding-reception caricaturist requires two major attributes in order to achieve success.’
    • ‘When a jobbing actress failed to turn up, Kay's wife Susan, then a pharmacist's assistant in Boots, stepped in.’
    • ‘The jobbing trade is an important and steadily growing feature of Wheeling's business life.’
  • 2with object Buy and sell (stocks) as a broker-dealer, especially on a small scale.

    • ‘his game plan is to buy in then job the shares on at a profit’
  • 3North American informal with object Cheat; betray.

    • ‘he was jobbed by the Justice Department’
    • ‘After getting jobbed by the BCS system and left out of the 2000 championship game, the Canes won it all in 2001 and lost in the title game in 2002.’
    • ‘Chris Andersen was jobbed by the people scoring the dunks.’
    • ‘As for Carmelo, I definitely don't feel like he was jobbed.’
    • ‘At this point, with all the hurt and pain of being jilted and jobbed by the BCS system, that's all the Miami Hurricanes can hold on to.’
    • ‘Two teams from California got totally jobbed.’
    • ‘She was as classy as they come in the face of misfortune, so was he when he got jobbed out of a second medal.’
  • 4archaic no object Turn a public office or a position of trust to private advantage.

    • ‘if left unfettered he would job’


    do a job on someone
    • Do something that harms or defeats an opponent.

      • ‘I go out and do a job on anyone who is giving our top scorers a hard time’
      • ‘Finally, though, just as I was about to give the whole expedition up as a bad job, and head for Charing Cross, I found her.’
      • ‘I managed to get it out of my eyes, but despite my best attempts, I could not get a trendy spiky-look going, and had to give it up as a bad job.’
      • ‘When this bloodletting didn't make him better, they didn't give it up as a bad job.’
      • ‘We tried desperately to stop the water coming in but it got a few feet above the door level so we gave it up as a bad job.’
      • ‘She even toyed with the notion of racing dogs in Ireland but gave it up as a bad job when she was forced to quarantine two dogs.’
      • ‘But when we got there we gave it up as a bad job - you could not see the water's surface due to the weed.’
      • ‘Maddy did a few drawings to illustrate it as a present for me, but decided I had written too many peculiar things in it and gave it up as a bad job.’
      • ‘It said, ‘Friendly Advice: If at first you don't succeed, better give it up as a bad job.‘’
      • ‘We gave it up as a bad job and started to search for the way on.’
      • ‘And fortunately none of us were hurt and we gave it up as a bad job, to bury the cattle.’
    a good job
    British informal
    • A fortunate fact or circumstance.

      • ‘it was a good job she hadn't brought the car’
      • ‘It predates Western medicine and has made a good job of maintaining the health of a huge population.’
      • ‘It was a good job for the former Melrose player, who knew that it was a rare chance to impress the selectors.’
      • ‘So its probably a good job that this is an anonymous blog, or my boss, the Great Leader would tell me off.’
      • ‘If we make a good job of achieving this growth, then the company will have better foundations.’
      • ‘It's a good job there wasn't a passenger in the car, because that side was badly mangled.’
      • ‘So, it's a good job that I've been very busy this week and so not found much to laugh out loud at.’
      • ‘All I can say is that it is a good job that I am not in charge of a nuclear reactor.’
      • ‘I guess it's a good job that I am unlikely to be put in charge of any hospitals any time soon.’
    out of a job
    • Unemployed.

      ‘he has been out of a job for some time’
      • ‘she could find herself out of a job’
      • ‘She has been out of a job for more than a year and her unemployment benefits have run out.’
      • ‘The accusations were shown to be false, the case collapsed, but for the next five years Pepys was out of a job.’
      • ‘Not only are students deprived of the privilege of enjoying a social nightlife on campus, but many students are also out of a job.’
      • ‘If the elections fail, Kostunica will soon be out of a job.’
      • ‘Sadly, government cutbacks mean dear old Eddie, who's pushing 40, is out of a job.’
      • ‘Our politicians have no desire to change the status quo for they would be out of a job and all its benefits.’
      • ‘This will be the first year I'll vote and I've been out of a job for almost a year.’
      • ‘If these workers were to ask for the same working conditions as workers here they would be out of a job very quickly.’
      • ‘In less than a month I'll be out of a job because the season is closing.’
      • ‘Most of the airline's assets in Uganda have been surrendered and all staff members are out of a job.’
    on the job
    • While working; at work.

      ‘learning on the job should be part of studying’
      • ‘my first day on the job’
      • ‘We weren't the most dedicated employees, so we did a bit of learning on the job.’
      • ‘Six years into its tenure, this is a government that gives the impression of learning on the job.’
      • ‘Eichmann was adept at learning practical skills on the job, under the tutelage of seniors he respected.’
      • ‘Wong said every government employee should stay on the job and serve the public.’
      • ‘One of the requirements in the programmes is that employees wear earmuffs on the job.’
      • ‘CNN reports on a Coca Cola employee who was allegedly fired for drinking Pepsi while on the job.’
      • ‘Pixo gives their new employees a vacation in Hawaii for their first week on the job.’
      • ‘Factories often force employees to work overtime or stay on the job for weeks without a day off.’
      • ‘The only way to increase the margins of auditing is to send the most junior people on the job and wrap it up quick.’
      • ‘William Burke was a New York firefighter who died on the job at the World Trade Center.’
    do the job
    • Achieve the required result.

      • ‘a piece of board will do the job’
      • ‘It did the job, but requires an extra hole being cut in your boat, plus cumbersome additional steps during fueling.’
      • ‘The ever-diminishing crew suddenly discover that the nukes on board just will not do the job.’
      • ‘But, he explains, it does the job required with a manageable amount of capital and sophistication.’
      • ‘In most cases, employers want to know if you can do the job and if there is a track record of achievement, he says.’
      • ‘Not that women can't do the job, just that they tend to do other vital jobs better.’
      • ‘Not only does he have the ability to do the job, he also has the integrity to do the job.’
      • ‘The right way to leave any job is to leave knowing that you did the job.’
      • ‘Remember the GAA is about clubs and if you're not listening at that level then you're not doing the job.’
      • ‘‘If the dispersal order does the job, the benches won't be an issue,’ he said.’
      • ‘It's small, neat and does the job without any fuss.’
    between jobs
    • A euphemistic way of referring to a person being temporarily unemployed.

      • ‘public money should be used to lend a hand to people who find themselves between jobs’

Phrasal Verbs

    job out
    North American
    • job something out, job out somethingAssign separate elements of a piece of work to different companies, contractors, or workers.

      • ‘all the work done by the middleman can be jobbed out at a much lower cost’


Mid 16th century (in job (sense 2 of the noun)): of unknown origin.

Main definitions of job in English

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Pronunciation /jäb/ /dʒɑb/

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transitive verbjobs, jobbing, jobbed

[with object]archaic
  • 1Prod or stab.

    • ‘he prepared to job the huge brute’
    1. 1.1Thrust (something pointed) at or into something.
      • ‘immediately job a penknife into the throat’


  • An act of prodding, thrusting, or wrenching.


Late Middle English apparently symbolic of a brief forceful action (compare with jab).

Main definitions of Job in English

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Pronunciation /jōb/ /dʒoʊb/

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proper noun

  • 1(in the Bible) a prosperous man whose patience and piety were tried by undeserved misfortunes, and who, in spite of his bitter lamentations, remained confident in the goodness and justice of God.

    1. 1.1A book of the Bible telling of Job.



/jōb/ /dʒoʊb/