noun the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
line; line of work; business; occupation.
- he's not in my line of business
noun 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
- the endless task of classifying the samples
- the farmer's morning chores
noun a workplace; as in the expression "on the job";
noun an object worked on; a result produced by working
- he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right
noun the responsibility to do something
- it is their job to print the truth
noun the performance of a piece of work
- she did an outstanding job as Ophelia
- he gave it up as a bad job
noun a damaging piece of work
- dry rot did the job of destroying the barn
- the barber did a real job on my hair
noun a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
- she and her husband are having problems
- it is always a job to contact him
- urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog
noun a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
noun any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
noun (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
noun a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
Book of Job.
noun a crime (especially a robbery)
- the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis
verb profit privately from public office and official business
verb arranged for contracted work to be done by others
farm out; subcontract.
verb work occasionally
- As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks
verb invest at a risk
- I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating
Prov. E. job
, a small piece of wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob
; perh. influenced by E. chop
to cut off, to mince. See Gob
- A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
- A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job for a thousand dollars.
- A public transaction done for private profit; something performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
- Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately. Colloq.
- A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job. Colloq.
✍ Job is used adjectively to signify doing jobs, used for jobs, or let on hire to do jobs; as, job printer; job master; job horse; job wagon, etc.
Job transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Jobbed ; present participle & verbal noun Jobbing
- To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
- To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
- To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet (work); as, to job a contract.
- (Com.) To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to retailers; as, to job goods.
- To hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as, to job a carriage.
Job intransitive verb
- To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work.
Authors of all work, to job for the season.
- To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
And judges job, and bishops bite the town.
- To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks.
- The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the typical patient man.
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