Meaning of JOB in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ dʒɒb ]

( jobs)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A job is the work that someone does to earn money.

Once I’m in America I can get a job...

Thousands have lost their jobs...

I felt the pressure of being the first woman in the job.

...overseas job vacancies.



A job is a particular task.

He said he hoped that the job of putting together a coalition wouldn’t take too much time...

N-COUNT : usu with supp , oft N of n , n N


The job of a particular person or thing is their duty or function.

Their main job is to preserve health rather than treat illness...

Drinking a lot helps the kidneys do their job.

N-COUNT : usu with poss


If you say that someone is doing a good job , you mean that they are doing something well. In British English, you can also say that they are making a good job of something.

We could do a far better job of managing it than they have...

N-SING : usu adj N , oft N of -ing / n


If you say that you have a job doing something, you are emphasizing how difficult it is.

He may have a hard job selling that argument to investors...

N-SING : usu N -ing , N to-inf [ emphasis ]


see also jobbing , day job , hatchet job , on-the-job


If you refer to work as jobs for the boys , you mean that the work is unfairly given to someone’s friends, supporters, or relations, even though they may not be the best qualified people to do it. ( BRIT )

PHRASE [ disapproval ]


If you say that something is just the job , you mean that it is exactly what you wanted or needed. ( BRIT INFORMAL )

Not only is it just the job for travelling, but it’s handy for groceries too.

PHRASE : usu v-link PHR


If someone is on the job , they are actually doing a particular job or task.

The top pay scale after five years on the job would reach $5.00 an hour...



it’s a good job: see good

the job in hand: see hand

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