From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishjobjob /dʒɒb $ dʒɑːb/ ●●● S1 W1 AWL noun 1 work [countable]JOB/WORK the regular paid work that you do for an employer Do 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.2 duty [singular]JOB/TASK something that you are responsible for doing Raising kids can be a difficult job. It’s my job to make sure that the work is finished on time.the job of somebody/something The job of the jury is to assess the credibility of the witness.the job of doing something I 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.3 something you must do [countable]JOB/TASK a particular thing you have to do, considered as work syn task My 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 something The 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 job Whoever did the plastering did a brilliant job.make a good/bad etc job of (doing) something She 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/something11 computer [countable]TD an action done by a computer a print job12 crime [countable] informalSCCSTEAL a crime in which money is stolen from a bank, company etc a bank job Police 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 job15 type of thing [singular] spokenTHING used to say that something is of a particular type Jack’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 job at good1(50), → make the best of a bad job at 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 special education 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 official documentsPlease 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 Corpusjob• The company announced 74,000 job cuts and 21 factory closures.• 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 big job.• Repairing the roof -- that's going to be the biggest job.• Cleaning the car's one of my least favorite jobs.• My first job was in a record store.• I always take my car to York Street garage. They're expensive, but they do a good job.• The police are convinced it was an insider job.• Most military jobs are essentially desk-bound and technical, clerical, or managerial in nature.• Daniel starts his new job on Monday.• Irene did a nice job on those clothes didn't she?• He does odd jobs 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-paid job in the tax department.• His new computer's one of those little portable jobs.• I got it all right, but like I told you, it wasn't a maid's job.• There are groups of employees with specific job specialties, such as cashiers, stock clerks, and meat-cutters.• Let's just concentrate on the job in hand, shall we?• We know that their learning curve 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 best combination of service and cost.• I had a part-time job 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.• Nobody inside or outside the administration is making a good job of selling the tax.• I do propose to seek information that will help them to make a better job of rearing those children.• When rebuilding a relationship with a superior, the following suggestions will help you to make a good job of it.inside job• In 1962, he landed an inside job on the Observer sports desk and moved to London.• No gallery can be burgled without hints of an inside job.