AskDefine | Define job

Dictionary Definition



1 the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business" [syn: 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"; "the endless task of classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores" [syn: task, chore]
3 the performance of a piece of work; "she did an outstanding job as Ophelia"; "he gave it up as a bad job"
4 the responsibility to do something; "it is their job to print the truth"
5 a workplace; as in the expression "on the job";
6 an object worked on; a result produced by working; "he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right"
7 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" [syn: problem]
8 a damaging piece of work; "dry rot did the job of destroying the barn"; "the barber did a real job on my hair"
9 a crime (especially a robbery); "the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis" [syn: caper]
10 a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
11 any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
12 (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
13 a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply [syn: Book of Job]


1 profit privately from public office and official business
2 arranged for contracted work to be done by others [syn: subcontract, farm out]
3 work occasionally; "As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks"
4 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" [syn: speculate] [also: jobbing, jobbed]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Job



From job of work "chunk of work", from gobet "a bite", from gober "to devour".



  1. A task.
    I've got a job for you - could you wash the dishes?
  2. An economic role for which a person is paid.
    That surgeon has a great job.
  3. In the context of "in noun compounds": Plastic surgery; see e.g. nose job.


  • Arabic: مهمة
  • Dutch: taak, job
  • Finnish: tehtävä, työ
  • French: tâche
  • German: Job, Aufgabe
  • Icelandic: verkefni, verk
  • Italian: compito
  • Polish: zajęcie
economic role for which a person is paid
  • Arabic: ,
  • Catalan: treball , feina
  • Dutch: werk, job, beroep
  • Finnish: työ
  • French: travail, emploi, métier
  • German: Arbeit , Job , Beruf , Stelle , Anstellung
  • Icelandic: vinna, starf
  • Italian: lavoro
  • Latin: negotium
  • Polish: zawód
  • Spanish: trabajo, puesto
  • Welsh: swydd ?
  • Telugu: ఉద్యోగము


  1. To work
  2. In the context of "professional wrestling|_|slang": To take the loss.


To work.

Extensive Definition

Job may refer to:
  • a job (role) served by a person or thing:
    • Employment, where a person is in a long-term relationship to perform a service for an employer
    • Occupation (economic), where a person performs a certain role over a long period
      • Profession, an occupation requiring specialized knowledge
      • Vocation, an occupation typically requiring training
    • Volunteer, where a person is serving the role without economic gain
  • a job opening, a desire by an organization to fill a position
  • a task to be performed:
    • a building or structure under construction
    • Job (software), a scheduled and/or automated task for a computer in a batch processing environment
  • a private or government employment agency:
    • Job Corps, a training program administered by the United States Government
    • Job Network, a set of employment organizations funded by the Australian Government
in literature:
people named Job:
people with the family name Job:
job in Arabic: عمل
job in Danish: Job
job in German: Job
job in German: Arbeit
job in Spanish: Trabajo
job in French: Job
job in Italian: JOB
job in Dutch: Job
job in Japanese: ジョブ
job in Polish: Praca
job in Swedish: Arbete
job in Chinese: 工作

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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