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noun job pronunciation in British English /dʒɒb/
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  1. 1
    [countable] work that you do regularly to earn money. When you ask someone about their job, you usually sayWhat do you do?’, and notWhat is your job?’ The answer would usually beI am a ...’ orI work as a...’, and notMy job is’...
    job as: She has a job as a restaurant manager.
    apply for a job: I’ve applied for several jobs without success.
    get a job: Andy got a holiday job at a factory in Bristol.
    find a job (=get a job after looking for one): Emma finally found a job in a bakery.
    offer someone a job: My son has been offered a job in Tokyo.
    take a job (=accept a job): I’ve taken a job at a hotel in the city centre.
    do a job: She’s very experienced – she’s been doing the job for years.
    I could never do your job!
    be in a job (=have a particular job): I’ve been in this job for five years now.
    leave your job: Dan left his job after an argument with his boss.
    jobs go (=are lost): Over 2000 jobs will go in the shipbuilding industry.
    lose your job: Many steelworkers are worried that they’ll lose their jobs.
    job losses: The car industry has faced massive job losses.
    out of a job (=without a job): I could be out of a job if things don’t improve.
    create jobs: The new venture will create over 1500 jobs in the area.
    job interview: He’s attending a job interview this morning.
    job opportunities/prospects: There are not many job opportunities in this part of the country.
    temporary/permanent job: I’ve got a temporary job for six months.
    part-time/full-time job: Many students have part-time jobs.
    top job (=an important or powerful job): She holds one of the top jobs in the industry.
  2. 2
    [countable] something that you have to do or deal with
    The first job is to decide who to invite.
    the job of doing something: No one wanted the job of painting the ceiling.
    do a job: Our architects have done the job in record time.
    See also odd jobs
  3. 3
    [singular] your duty in a particular situation or organization
    it is someone’s job to do something: It’s my job to welcome new members to the club.
    It’s the job of teachers to give their students confidence.
    take on a job (=start to do something as a duty): When I took on the job, I didn’t know what it would involve.
  4. 4
    [countable] informal a crime, especially one in which money is stolen
    a bank job
  5. 5




    [countable] spoken something of a particular type
    He’s bought one of those MP3 jobs.
  6. 6
    [countable] something that a computer, printer etc does
    Your scan is the third job in the queue.




a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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