jobjob /dʒɒb $ dʒɑːb/ ●●●S1W1AWL noun1work [countable]JOB/WORK the regular paid work that you do for an employerDo you enjoy your job?It was the first paid job I ever had.He’s been in the job for six years.I’m looking for a new job.Your pension can be affected if you change jobs. →job descriptionRegisterIn everyday English, people usually ask What do you do? or What does she/he do? when asking what someone’s job is.2duty [singular]JOB/TASK something that you are responsible for doingRaising kids can be a difficult job.It’s my job to make sure that the work is finished on time.the job of somebody/somethingThe job of the jury is to assess the credibility of the witness.the job of doing somethingI was given the job of making sure that everyone had enough to drink.All too often councils fall down on the job (=not do what they should) of keeping the streets clean.RegisterIn written English, people often prefer to use task or duty rather than job, as they sound more formal:Our first task was to prepare the agenda for the meeting.3something you must do [countable]JOB/TASK a particular thing you have to do, considered as workSYN taskMy parents were always finding little jobs for me to do.Filleting fish can be quite a fiddly job.Tiling the bathroom is going to be a big job.Sam does odd jobs (=small jobs in the house or garden) for friends and neighbours.the job of doing somethingThe job of choosing the right computer for you is made easy by this magazine.We need to get on with the job of finding someone to replace him.do a good/great/marvellous etc jobWhoever did the plastering did a brilliant job.make a good/bad etc job of (doing) somethingShe hates doing the cleaning, but she always makes a good job of it.4 →on the job5 →I’m only/just doing my job6 →it’s more than my job’s worth7 →do the job8 →job done9 →have a job doing something/have a job to do something10 →do a job on somebody/something11computer [countable]TD an action done by a computera print job12crime [countable] informalSCCSTEAL a crime in which money is stolen from a bank, company etca bank jobPolice believe it was an inside job (=done by someone who works for the company where the crime happens).13 →a nose/boob job14 →just the job15type of thing [singular] spokenTHING used to say that something is of a particular typeJack’s got a new car – a red two-seater job.16 →jobs for the boys17 →job of work18 →job lot →hatchet job, → (it’s a) good jobat good1(50), → make the best of a bad jobat best3(9)COLLOCATIONSverbshave a jobMark doesn’t have a job right now.apply for a jobI’ve applied for a job at the university.offer somebody a jobWell, Miss Taylor, we’d like to offer you the job.get/find a job Eventually, Mary got a job as a waitress.land a job (=get a job, especially unexpectedly)My husband finally landed a job in marketing.take a job (=accept a job you are offered)I was so desperate that I took the first job that came along.hold down a job (=keep a job)He had never been able to hold down a job.lose your jobAt least there’s no danger of you losing your job.leave/quit your jobOh, Rick, you didn’t quit your job, did you?be out of a job (=not have a job)If the project fails, we’re all out of a job.adjectivestemporary/permanentThe job is only temporary, but I’m hoping it will be made permanent.part-time/full-timeHe had a part-time job at the pet shop.a steady job (=a job that is likely to continue)I haven’t had a steady job since last March.a dead-end job (=a job with low wages and no chance of progress)He had a series of dead-end jobs.job + NOUNjob satisfaction (=the enjoyment you get from your job)Levels of job satisfaction vary between departments.job security (=how permanent your job is likely to be)As an actor, he has very little job security.job losses/cutsThe factory is closing, with 600 job losses.THESAURUSjob noun [countable] the regular paid work that you do for an employera full-time jobJohn got a job in a car factory.work noun [uncountable]activities that you are paid for doing – used either when you work for an employer or when you work in your own businessI started work when I was 18.He graduated from college last year and is still looking for work.profession noun [countable] a job for which you need specialeducation and trainingThere are now a lot more women in the legal profession.Many teachers are leaving the profession.occupation noun [countable] formal a job, or a type of job – often used on officialdocumentsPlease give your name, age, and occupation.a traditionally male occupationcareer noun [countable] the work you do or plan to do for most of your lifeI’m interested in a career in journalism.position noun [countable] formal a particular job within an organizationI am writing to apply for the position of technical assistant.We regret that the position has already been filled.Please state the position which you are applying for.post noun [countable] formal a job, especially an important one in a large organizationShe has held the post of managing director for two years.He applied for the post of Senior Manager.vacancy/opening noun [countable] a job that is available for someone to doThe hospital has been unable to fill the vacancy.There are very few openings in scientific research.appointment noun [countable] an important job which someone is asked to doHe took an appointment as US trade ambassador in Geneva.posting noun [countable] a situation in which someone is sent somewhere to do a job for a period of time by the organization they work forThis was his first posting outside the UK. an overseas postingHis next posting took him to the Ministry of Defence. trade noun [countable] a job that involves using your hands, and for which you need special trainingMost of the men had worked in skilled trades such as carpentry and printing.employment noun [uncountable] the fact of having a jobThe factory will provide employment for local people.She was offered employment in the sales office.
Examples from the Corpus
job• The company announced 74,000 jobcuts and 21 factoryclosures.• Her son still hasn't been able to find a job.• She's looking for a job in the music business.• Ted got a job as a bartender.• If a woman is qualified, she should hold any job in government she wants.• Moving all this stuff is going to be a bigjob.• Repairing the roof -- that's going to be the biggest job.• Cleaning the car's one of my least favoritejobs.• My first job was in a recordstore.• I always take my car to York Streetgarage. They're expensive, but they do a good job.• The police are convinced it was an insiderjob.• Most militaryjobs are essentially desk-bound and technical, clerical, or managerial in nature.• Daniel starts his new job on Monday.• Irene did a nicejob on those clothes didn't she?• He does oddjobs for people in his spare time.• Many other jobs get handed out simply because a minister happens to know some one who might fit the bill.• She has a well-paidjob in the taxdepartment.• His new computer's one of those little portablejobs.• I got it all right, but like I told you, it wasn't a maid's job.• There are groups of employees with specificjob specialties, such as cashiers, stockclerks, and meat-cutters.• Let's just concentrate on the job in hand, shall we?• We know that their learningcurve on the job is less than anybody else that we might bring in.• She was upset, and found it difficult to keep her mind on the job at hand.• He didn't complain or criticize, he just got on with the job.• The job of the providers is to come up with bestcombination of service and cost.• I had a part-timejob while I was in college.fall down on the job• I'd be falling down on my job if I didn't take an interest in the welfare of my staff.• Every new revelation about those times makes me think I've fallen down on the job.make a good/bad etc job of (doing) something• Sometimes, it wondered whether dinosaurs wouldn't have made a better job of civilisation.• Nobodyinside or outside the administration is making a good job ofselling the tax.• I do propose to seekinformation that will help them to make a better job ofrearing those children.• When rebuilding a relationship with a superior, the followingsuggestions will help you to make a good job of it.inside job• In 1962, he landed an inside job on the Observersportsdesk and moved to London.• No gallery can be burgled without hints of an inside job.JobJob /dʒəʊb $ dʒoʊb/1in the Old Testament of the Bible, a man who continued to have faith in God even though God destroyed his property and his family2 →Job’s comforter3 →have the patience of JobFrom King Business Dictionaryjobjob1 /dʒɒbdʒɑːb/ noun [countable]1JOBthe regular paid work that you do for an employerWhat job do you do?I’ve applied for a job with the BBC.1,200 employees could lose their jobs.tests to measure employees’ levels of job satisfaction (=how satisfied they are with their jobs)The government would also assist the private sector in job creation for school leavers.Work is an uncountable noun describing the job you are paid to do or an activity you do regularly for money What kind of work are you looking for?Employment is a general word meaning work that you do regularly, and which an employer pays you for He’s looking for employment in the banking sector.Position and post are formal words for a job, especially an important one She has been offered a management position.He held the post of company secretary for many years. A profession is a job that needs higher education or special training, such as medicine or law Senior members of the medical profession have criticized the government’s plan.He was a barrister by profession (=that was his job). A trade is a particular skilled job, especially one that you do with your hands, for example carpentry or plumbing He insisted that his sons learn a trade.Her grandfather was a plumber by trade.Occupation is a rather formal word for a job or profession, used especially on official forms or for writing about the job someone does Please state your name and occupation.Teaching can be a stressful occupation. Your career is a job or profession you have trained for and intend to do for your working life, and which gives you the opportunity to be promoted (=move up through different levels)He plans to pursue a career in banking. A vocation is a job, especially one that involves helping people, that you do because you have the strong feeling that it is the purpose of your life to do it I always knew that I had a vocation for nursing. →desk job2on the job while doing a particular jobWorkers are not allowed to drink on the job.on-the-job training3jobs for the boys British English jobs that a powerful person has given to their friends4a particular project or piece of work being done or planned to be doneThe company lost out on several jobs because of the newspaper article.Some firms charge by the hour, others by the job.5COMPUTING an operationperformed by a computerYou can cancel any print job in the queue.jobjob2 verb (jobbed, jobbing) →job something → outOriginjob(1500-1600) Perhaps from job“piece, lump”((15-17 centuries))