Meaning of JOB in English


job 1

/job/ , n. , v. , jobbed, jobbing , adj.


1. a piece of work, esp. a specific task done as part of the routine of one's occupation or for an agreed price: She gave him the job of mowing the lawn.

2. a post of employment; full-time or part-time position: She was seeking a job as an editor.

3. anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility: It is your job to be on time.

4. an affair, matter, occurrence, or state of affairs: to make the best of a bad job.

5. the material, project, assignment, etc., being worked upon: The housing project was a long and costly job.

6. the process or requirements, details, etc., of working: It was a tedious job.

7. the execution or performance of a task: She did a good job.

8. Slang. a theft or similar criminal action: The police caught the gang that pulled that bank job.

9. a public or official act or decision carried through for the sake of improper private gain.

10. Slang. an example of a specific or distinctive type: That little six-cylinder job was the best car I ever owned.

11. Computers. a unit of work for a computer, generally comprising an application program or group of related programs and the data, linkages, and instructions to the operating system needed for running the programs.

12. do a job on , Slang.

a. to destroy, defeat, damage, or confound thoroughly: The thugs did a job on him - he'll be in the hospital for a month.

b. to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly; snow.

13. on the job , alert; observant: The cops were on the job and caught them red-handed.


14. to work at jobs or odd pieces of work; work by the piece.

15. to do business as a jobber.

16. to turn public business, planning, etc., improperly to private gain.


17. to assign or give (work, a contract for work, etc.) in separate portions, as among different contractors or workers (often fol. by out ): He jobbed out the contract to a number of small outfits.

18. to buy in large quantities, as from wholesalers or manufacturers, and sell to dealers in smaller quantities: He jobs shoes in Ohio and Indiana.

19. to get rid of or dispose of: His party jobbed him when he sought a second term in office.

20. to swindle or trick (someone): They jobbed him out of his property.

21. to carry on (public or official business) for improper private gain.


22. of or for a particular job or transaction.

23. bought, sold, or handled together: He's too big a customer to buy in less than job quantities.

[ 1620-30; 1935-40 for def. 16; orig. uncert. ]

Syn. 1. See task. 2. See position .

job 2

/job/ , v.t., v.i., jobbed, jobbing , n.


[ 1480-90; ME jobben, of uncert. orig. ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .