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noun job pronunciation in American English /dʒɑb/
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  1. 1
    [countable] work that you do regularly to earn money. When you ask someone about their job, you usually say “What do you do?”, and not “What is your job?” The answer would usually be “I am a ...” or “I work as a...”, and not “My 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 job at Krispy Kreme.

    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 Atlanta.

    do a job:

    She’s very experienced – she’s been doing the job for years.

    I could never do your job!

    quit/leave your job:

    Dan quit his job (=stopped working at a particular 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 auto industry has faced massive job losses.

    create jobs:

    The business venture will create over 1500 new jobs in the area.

    job opportunities/prospects:

    There are not many job opportunities in this part of the country.

    job interview:

    He has a job interview this morning.

    part-time/full-time job:

    Many students have part-time jobs.

    temporary/permanent job:

    I’ve got a temporary job for six months.

    out of a job (=without a job):

    I could be out of a job if things don’t improve.

    top job (=an important or powerful job):

    She holds one of the top jobs in the industry.

    be in a job (=have a particular job):

    I’ve been in this job for five years now.

  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.


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