job meaning

Pronunciation:   "job" in a sentence
Noun: job  jób
  1. The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
    - occupation, business, line of work, line 
  2. A specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
    "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing the engine took several hours"
    - task, chore 
  3. A workplace; as in the expression "on the job"; 
  4. An object worked on; a result produced by working
    "he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right" 
  5. The responsibility to do something
    "it is their job to print the truth" 
  6. The performance of a piece of work
    "she did an outstanding job as Ophelia"; "he gave it up as a bad job" 
  7. A damaging piece of work
    "dry rot did the job of destroying the barn"; "the barber did a real job on my hair" 
  8. A state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
    "it is always a job to contact him"
    - problem 
  9. (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit 
  10. A crime (especially a robbery)
    "the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis"
    - caper
Verb: job (jobbed,jobbing)  jób
  1. Profit privately from public office and official business 
  2. Arranged for contracted work to be done by others
    - subcontract, farm out 
  3. Work occasionally
    "As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks" 
  4. Invest at a risk
    - speculate
Noun: Job  jowb
  1. Any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing 
  2. A Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him 
  3. A book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
    - Book of Job

Derived forms: Jobs, jobbed, jobbing, jobs

See also: on-the-job

Type of: activity, application, application program, applications programme, book, cheat, chisel, commit, difficulty, do work, duty, employ, engage, hero, hire, invest, obligation, place, product, production, put, responsibility, robbery, unfortunate, unfortunate person, work, workplace

Part of: Hagiographa, Ketubim, Old Testament, Writings

Encyclopedia: Job Job, Puy-de-Dôme Job, a masque for dancing Job, A Comedy of Justice Job, A Parody of Justice

[American slang]
n. a theft; a criminal act. (Police and underworld.)
• Max and Lefty planned a bank job over in Adamsville.
• Who did that job at the old mansion last week?

[British slang]
Verb. To hit, punch, physically attack. E.g."Stop shouting at me, or I'll job you!" [Notts use]


Same as project.


Same as work, 1.

AmE / noun, verb

noun [C]



work for which you receive regular payment:

She applied for a job as director of marketing.

Who is likely to get the top job at the bank?

jobs in the auto industry

He's been out of a job (= unemployed) for six months now.

The plan involves about 10 000 job losses.

Are you considering changing jobs?

About 40 jobs will go

(= be cut) at the call centre.

MBA students should begin their job search early.

❖ to apply for/look for a job

◆ to find/get/have/keep/take a job

◆ to leave/lose/quit a job

◆ to offer sb/fill a job

◆ a full-time/part-time/permanent/steady/temporary job

◆ to create/cut/shed jobs

◆ job cuts/losses job offers/openings/opportunities


a particular task or piece of work:

Fighting inflation is the bank's main job.

Two men have been given the job of pushing up the company's sales and profits.

They have done a couple of design jobs for us.

Clients pay professional advisers by the hour, not by the job.

Sorting these papers out is going to be a long job.

You should have delegated the job to someone else.

We were expected to do whatever it took to get the job done (= complete the work).


a responsibility or duty:

The broker's job is to act in the best interests of their investors.

It's not my job to lock up!

4 (IT )

an item of work which is processed by a computer as a single unit:

The job can be processed overnight.



do a good, great, bad, etc. job (on sth); make a good, bad, etc. job of sth

to do sth well, badly, etc:

They did a very professional job.

The authors make an excellent job of summarizing their approach to management.

We haven't done a very good job on the publicity for the show.

don't give up the day job

used to tell sb in a humorous way that you do not think they are very good at sth they are doing that is not their real job

a job of work (BrE) (old-fashioned or formal)

work that you are paid to do or that must be done:

There was a job of work waiting for him that he was not looking forward to.

jobs for the boys (BrE) (informal)

people use the expression jobs for the boys when they are criticizing the fact that sb in power has given work to friends or relatives

more than your job's worth (to do sth) (BrE) (only used in spoken English)

not worth doing because it is against the rules or because it might cause you to lose your job:

It's more than my job's worth to tell you what happened in the meeting.

on the job

while doing a particular job:

No sleeping on the job!

on-the-job training

HACK noun, WALK verb



Your job is what you do in order to receive a regular income. The word is often used when describing how your work meets your personal or financial requirements:

a boring/interesting/a well-paid job

Work is an uncountable noun and is used to describe what you do in your job:

What work do you do?full-time/manual/skilled work.

It is also often used when speaking about the relationship between your personal life and time spent working:

the difficulties of balancing work and family

Both job and work are used to describe the state of having work:

to look for/find work/a jobto be out of work/a job

(= not doing any paid work).

A career is a series of jobs in a particular area of work, especially one for which you need a qualification or special training:

a career in business/law.

A vocation describes a career that you believe is particularly suitable for you, even though it may be difficult or badly paid:

He found his vocation in teaching.

Post and position are both fairly formal and are often found in advertisements. Post is often used about academic or government jobs:

a teaching post.

Position often refers to a job in a company with a lot of responsibility:

a managerial/senior position

verb (-bb-) [no obj]

to do work for different people that is not regular or permanent:

He jobbed as a truck driver for some time.


job sth out (especially AmE)

to arrange for work to be done by another company rather than your own:

Some of the work was jobbed out to other printers.


1) A task, as in ‘Give us the tools and we will finish the job’. A jobbing builder or gardener carries out tasks for pay on a self-employed basis.

2) Paid employment. Jobs may be full- or part-time, permanent or temporary. The job market is the mainly informal system through which jobs are filled.

3) A racket or crime, as in ‘a put-up job’, or ‘jobbery’.

A unit of computer work, usually consisting of several program runs.

<operating system> All activities involved in completing any project on a computer from start to finish. A job may involve several processes and several programs.

This term originates from a time when a user would manually submit a job as a deck of punched cards which would typically include source code interspersed with job control language instructions to guide phases of the job such as compilation, linking, execution and printing.


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  1. she has determined to see the job through.
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  5. i am not getting on very fast with this job.

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