job

1 [job]
noun
1.
a piece of work, especially 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.
verb (used without object), jobbed, jobbing.
12.
to work at jobs or odd pieces of work; work by the piece.
13.
to do business as a jobber.
14.
to turn public business, planning, etc., improperly to private gain.
verb (used with object), jobbed, jobbing.
15.
to assign or give (work, a contract for work, etc.) in separate portions, as among different contractors or workers (often followed by out ): He jobbed out the contract to a number of small outfits.
16.
to buy in large quantities, as from wholesalers or manufacturers, and sell to dealers in smaller quantities: He jobs shoes in Ohio and Indiana.
17.
to get rid of or dispose of: His party jobbed him when he sought a second term in office.
18.
to swindle or trick (someone): They jobbed him out of his property.
19.
to carry on (public or official business) for improper private gain.
adjective
20.
of or for a particular job or transaction.
21.
bought, sold, or handled together: He's too big a customer to buy in less than job quantities.
Idioms
22.
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.
23.
on the job, alert; observant: The cops were on the job and caught them red-handed.

Origin:
1620–30; 1935–40 for def 14; origin uncertain


1. See task. 2. See position.
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job

2 [job]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jobbed, jobbing, noun

Origin:
1480–90; Middle English jobben, of uncertain origin

Job

[johb]
noun
1.
the central figure in an Old Testament parable of the righteous sufferer.
2.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
3.
a male given name: from a hebrew word meaning “persecuted.”
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job (dʒɒb)
 
n
1.  an individual piece of work or task
2.  an occupation; post of employment
3.  an object worked on or a result produced from working
4.  a duty or responsibility: her job was to cook the dinner
5.  informal a difficult task or problem: I had a job to contact him
6.  a state of affairs: make the best of a bad job; it's a good job I saw you
7.  informal a damaging piece of work: he really did a job on that
8.  informal a crime, esp a robbery or burglary
9.  informal an article or specimen: the new car was a nice little job
10.  an instance of jobbery
11.  computing a unit of work for a computer consisting of a single complete task submitted by a user
12.  jobs for the boys appointments given to or created for allies or favourites
13.  on the job
 a.  actively engaged in one's employment
 b.  taboo (Brit) engaged in sexual intercourse
14.  just the job exactly what was required
 
vb (usually foll by in) (often foll by out) , jobs, jobbing, jobbed
15.  (intr) to work by the piece or at casual jobs
16.  to make a private profit out of (a public office, etc)
17.  a.  to buy and sell (goods or services) as a middleman: he jobs in government surplus
 b.  (Brit) to buy and sell stocks and shares as a stockjobber: he jobs in blue chips
18.  to apportion (a contract, work, etc) among several contractors, workers, etc
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]

Job (dʒəʊb)
 
n
1.  Old Testament
 a.  a Jewish patriarch, who maintained his faith in God in spite of the afflictions sent by God to test him
 b.  the book containing Job's pleas to God under these afflictions, attempted explanations of them by his friends, and God's reply to him
2.  any person who withstands great suffering without despairing

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Word Origin & History

job
1557, in phrase jobbe of worke "piece of work" (contrasted with continuous labor), perhaps a variant of gobbe "mass, lump" (c.1400, see gob). Sense of "work done for pay" first recorded 1660. Slang meaning "specimen, thing, person" is from 1927. The verb is attested from 1670.
On the job "hard at work" is from 1882. Jobber "one who does odd jobs" is from 1706. Job lot is from obsolete sense of "cartload, lump," which may also be ult. from gob.

Job
the Biblical name, Heb., lit. "hated, persecuted," from ayyabh "he was hostile to," related to ebhah "enmity."
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Cultural Dictionary
Job [(johb)]

In the Old Testament, a man whose faith was severely tested by Satan, with God's permission. Job was the most prosperous and happy of men, who faithfully praised God for God's goodness. In order to get him to curse God, Satan destroyed all that Job owned, killed his children, and struck Job himself with vile sores from head to foot. False friends of Job's suggested that he should abandon his beliefs (see Job's comforters). But even in absolute misery, Job would not curse God, saying instead, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.” As a reward for his steadfast faith, God healed Job and “gave him twice as much as he had before.”

Note: Figuratively, any long-suffering person can be said to be “as patient as Job.”
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Job definition


persecuted, an Arabian patriarch who resided in the land of Uz (q.v.). While living in the midst of great prosperity, he was suddenly overwhelmed by a series of sore trials that fell upon him. Amid all his sufferings he maintained his integrity. Once more God visited him with the rich tokens of his goodness and even greater prosperity than he had enjoyed before. He survived the period of trial for one hundred and forty years, and died in a good old age, an example to succeeding generations of integrity (Ezek. 14:14, 20) and of submissive patience under the sorest calamities (James 5:11). His history, so far as it is known, is recorded in his book.

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Example sentences
We took a quick break from our jobs to plant morel spawn in our garden.
The new government's priorities include furthering development, creating jobs,
  and stamping out endemic corruption.
Let me remind you that credit is the lifeblood of business, the lifeblood of
  prices and jobs.
There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who
  create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity.
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