Main definitions of job in US English:

: job1job2Job3

job1

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘In Kabul, they usually have low-paying, menial jobs such as janitorial work.’
    • ‘If the jobs go overseas or pay at overseas wages, ambitious people will move to other fields.’
    • ‘The center's database allows job seekers to sign up and manage their accounts.’
    • ‘Over the past two years 3,665 well-paid factory jobs have left Bloomington.’
    • ‘Just four weeks after her husband's office closed the £40,000-a-year job offer was suddenly withdrawn.’
    • ‘When they do something appreciated by the people they serve, job satisfaction soars.’
    • ‘More than 9,000 manufacturing jobs have been shed across East Lancashire in five years.’
    • ‘All the stimulation and conversations made transitioning back to work at my day job quite difficult.’
    • ‘Kay drifted through a series of dead-end jobs for six years.’
    • ‘The abject failure to accept that fact only makes the manager's job even harder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following the job losses announced last week, just over 400 workers would remain.’
    • ‘I quit my nine-to-five job and became a professional photographer.’
    • ‘Part of the mystery comes from the fact that the job description is changing.’
    • ‘At the same time, manufacturing jobs have been exported overseas.’
    • ‘She has an excellent, high-paying job and even owns her own house.’
    • ‘The summer job market for students improved slightly compared with last year.’
    • ‘He said he wouldn't want to guide a Marine into a low-paying, dead-end job.’
    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’
    • ‘What jobs or tasks today, or in the past, do not require knowledge?’
    • ‘Providing workers to do the dirtiest, riskiest jobs has become a big business.’
    • ‘Dye also brought in his own shapers and equipment from other jobs to piece the construction of the course together.’
    • ‘The biggest job will be the replacement of the floors in the two change rooms.’
    • ‘I wrote two pieces tonight for various jobs, but they both are thin, trembling, smelly things.’
    • ‘I think you did a commendable job of explaining how to get started.’
    • ‘His job was to help piece the puzzle together and confirm the fate of the aircrew.’
    • ‘Based on the TV series farm jobs, tasks, rewards, and unseen pieces from the programme were explored.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inputting time spent and expenses incurred on jobs, activities or tasks is quick and easy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The city had promised those who worked there that they would get other jobs once that grim task ended.’
    • ‘He assumed that role with Atlanta, freeing Cox from the impossible task of doing both jobs.’
    • ‘Somewhere on the long list of jobs is a task to erect a nice little shed in the back garden.’
    • ‘Cox has done a smart, thorough job of explaining and contextualizing this unusual figure.’
    • ‘I think everyone agrees that Warren has done a dismal job of being a Big Brother secret agent.’
    • ‘Todd Whitelock also did a great job on the pieces for piano and cello that are on there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can be used by itself on smaller projects or to supplement big equipment on larger jobs.’
    • ‘This piece does a nice job at dismantling some of the stunts and action sequences in the film.’
    task, piece of work, assignment, project
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    1. 2.1 A responsibility or duty.
      ‘it's our job to find things out’
      • ‘If the European Commission does its job and is evidence-led, then it is doing its duty.’
      • ‘It is our job and our duty to promote recycling and we are slowly getting there.’
      • ‘Look, nothing makes a man's job easier than when you boldly suggest a date.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All are equal in the sight of God, however all have different responsibilities and jobs.’
      • ‘Her sole job was to pump the bellows on the furnace to keep it hot.’
      • ‘This area is in my ward and it is my job to respond to the concerns of residents and raise them with council.’
      • ‘The council has a duty to do its job and provide adequate services for the community.’
      • ‘You are older and wiser and have guided me in the teachings of my job and duties.’
      • ‘When asked what the most difficult part of his job was, Gayle took a minute to think.’
      • ‘Every good mathematician knows that is the real job of axioms: once stated, they exist to be satisfied.’
      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’
      • ‘Not that it matters, as they knew who it was, but they had a job trying to piece the scene together.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If Sligo had lost James Kearins would have had a real job on his hands to try and rally the troops for this one.’
      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.’
      • ‘You finished your paint job but you have some paint left over.’
      • ‘It is only a five minute job, but it improves the look of the grass immeasurably.’
      • ‘The council promised to mount a massive clean-up job and renew lighting panels at the subway on Friday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's the most basic home improvement job, but also the one that delivers the most obvious results.’
      • ‘This is one of the most satisfying home improvement jobs you can do.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Right now it's in the basement, spattered with paint, veteran of many home improvement jobs.’
    4. 2.4informal A crime, especially a robbery.
      ‘a series of daring bank jobs’
      • ‘Caroline allowed the Guardian to tag along on one of her jobs a burglary in leafy Purley Oaks.’
      • ‘Splashy bank jobs, bombings, high profile murders - and nobody seems to be able to get a grip on it.’
      • ‘Lastly, Neo didn't do a good job of providing an interesting mix of burglary tools for the jobs.’
      • ‘He kept reappearing in my life to offer me more criminal jobs for money to pay to return.’
      • ‘You know the blockers are doing theft jobs when Holmes consistently is getting by the initial wave of defenders.’
      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.’
      • ‘You conceivably can use work queues for jobs other than bottom-half processing, however.’
      • ‘ThinPrint offers software to sort out print jobs in internet and mobile environments.’
      • ‘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?’

verb

  • 1usually as adjective jobbingno object Do casual or occasional work.

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

  • 3North American informal with object Cheat; betray.

    • ‘Two teams from California got totally jobbed.’
    • ‘Chris Andersen was jobbed by the people scoring the dunks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was as classy as they come in the face of misfortune, so was he when he got jobbed out of a second medal.’
    • ‘As for Carmelo, I definitely don't feel like he was jobbed.’
  • 4archaic no object Turn a public office or a position of trust to private advantage.

Phrases

  • do the job

    • informal 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.’
      • ‘Not that women can't do the job, just that they tend to do other vital jobs better.’
      • ‘‘If the dispersal order does the job, the benches won't be an issue,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, he explains, it does the job required with a manageable amount of capital and sophistication.’
      • ‘It's small, neat and does the job without any fuss.’
      • ‘In most cases, employers want to know if you can do the job and if there is a track record of achievement, he says.’
  • a good job

    • informal A fortunate fact or circumstance.

      ‘it was a good job she hadn't brought the car’
      • ‘All I can say is that it is a good job that I am not in charge of a nuclear reactor.’
      • ‘So its probably a good job that this is an anonymous blog, or my boss, the Great Leader would tell me off.’
      • ‘It was a good job for the former Melrose player, who knew that it was a rare chance to impress the selectors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It predates Western medicine and has made a good job of maintaining the health of a huge population.’
      • ‘I guess it's a good job that I am unlikely to be put in charge of any hospitals any time soon.’
  • on the job

    • While working; at work.

      • ‘Wong said every government employee should stay on the job and serve the public.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only way to increase the margins of auditing is to send the most junior people on the job and wrap it up quick.’
      • ‘One of the requirements in the programmes is that employees wear earmuffs on the job.’
      • ‘William Burke was a New York firefighter who died on the job at the World Trade Center.’
      • ‘Pixo gives their new employees a vacation in Hawaii for their first week on the job.’
      • ‘We weren't the most dedicated employees, so we did a bit of learning on the job.’
      • ‘CNN reports on a Coca Cola employee who was allegedly fired for drinking Pepsi while on the job.’
      • ‘Factories often force employees to work overtime or stay on the job for weeks without a day off.’
  • out of a job

    • Unemployed.

      • ‘Most of the airline's assets in Uganda have been surrendered and all staff members are out of a job.’
      • ‘The accusations were shown to be false, the case collapsed, but for the next five years Pepys was out of a job.’
      • ‘In less than a month I'll be out of a job because the season is closing.’
      • ‘She has been out of a job for more than a year and her unemployment benefits have run out.’
      • ‘If the elections fail, Kostunica will soon be 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.’
      • ‘Not only are students deprived of the privilege of enjoying a social nightlife on campus, but many students are also out of a job.’
      • ‘Sadly, government cutbacks mean dear old Eddie, who's pushing 40, is out of a job.’
      • ‘If these workers were to ask for the same working conditions as workers here they would be out of a job very quickly.’
      • ‘This will be the first year I'll vote and I've been out of a job for almost a year.’
  • do a job on someone

    • informal 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And fortunately none of us were hurt and we gave it up as a bad job, to bury the cattle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It said, ‘Friendly Advice: If at first you don't succeed, better 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We gave it up as a bad job and started to search for the way on.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • job something out

    • Assign 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’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

job

/jäb//dʒɑb/

Main definitions of job in US English:

: job1job2Job3

job2

verb

[with object]archaic
  • 1Prod or stab.

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

noun

archaic
  • An act of prodding, thrusting, or wrenching.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

job

/dʒɑb//jäb/

Main definitions of job in US English:

: job1job2Job3

Job3

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. 1.1 A book of the Bible telling of Job.

Pronunciation

Job

/jōb//dʒoʊb/