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 work work

noun

  • ( ) activity directed toward making or doing something  ( work )
    activity directed toward making or doing something
     she checked several points needing further work
    she checked several points needing further work
  • ( ) a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing  ( piece of work, work )
    a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
     it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works
    it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works
     the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work
    the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work
     he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey
    he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey
     the work of an active imagination
    the work of an active imagination
     erosion is the work of wind or water over time
    erosion is the work of wind or water over time
  • ( ) the occupation for which you are paid  ( employment, work )
    the occupation for which you are paid
     he is looking for employment
    he is looking for employment
     a lot of people are out of work
    a lot of people are out of work
  • ( ) applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)  ( study, work )
    applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
     mastering a second language requires a lot of work
    mastering a second language requires a lot of work
     no schools offer graduate study in interior design
    no schools offer graduate study in interior design
  • ( ) (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force  ( work )
    (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force
     work equals force times distance
    work equals force times distance
  • ( ) a place where work is done  ( work, workplace )
    a place where work is done
     he arrived at work early today
    he arrived at work early today
  • the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)  ( body of work, oeuvre, work )
    the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
     he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre
    he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre
     Picasso's work can be divided into periods
    Picasso's work can be divided into periods
  • verb

  • ( ) exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity  ( work )
    exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
     I will work hard to improve my grades
    I will work hard to improve my grades
     she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor
    she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor
  • ( ) be employed  ( do work, work )
    be employed
     Is your husband working again?
    Is your husband working again?
     My wife never worked
    My wife never worked
     Do you want to work after the age of 60?
    Do you want to work after the age of 60?
     She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money
    She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money
     She works as a waitress to put herself through college
    She works as a waitress to put herself through college
  • ( ) have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected  ( act, work )
    have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
     The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought
    The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought
     How does your idea work in practice?
    How does your idea work in practice?
     This method doesn't work
    This method doesn't work
     The breaks of my new car act quickly
    The breaks of my new car act quickly
     The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water
    The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water
  • ( ) perform as expected when applied  ( function, go, operate, run, work )
    perform as expected when applied
     The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in
    The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in
     Does this old car still run well?
    Does this old car still run well?
     This old radio doesn't work anymore
    This old radio doesn't work anymore
  • ( ) give a workout to  ( exercise, work, work out )
    give a workout to
     Some parents exercise their infants
    Some parents exercise their infants
     My personal trainer works me hard
    My personal trainer works me hard
     work one's muscles
    work one's muscles
     this puzzle will exercise your mind
    this puzzle will exercise your mind
  • ( ) shape, form, or improve a material  ( process, work, work on )
    shape, form, or improve a material
     work stone into tools
    work stone into tools
     process iron
    process iron
     work the metal
    work the metal
  • ( ) proceed along a path  ( make, work )
    proceed along a path
     work one's way through the crowd
    work one's way through the crowd
     make one's way into the forest
    make one's way into the forest
  • ( ) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty  ( work )
    operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
     She works the night clubs
    She works the night clubs
     The salesman works the Midwest
    The salesman works the Midwest
     This artist works mostly in acrylics
    This artist works mostly in acrylics
  • ( ) cause to happen or to occur as a consequence  ( bring, make for, play, work, wreak )
    cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
     I cannot work a miracle
    I cannot work a miracle
     wreak havoc
    wreak havoc
     bring comments
    bring comments
     play a joke
    play a joke
     The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area
    The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area
  • ( ) move in an agitated manner  ( work )
    move in an agitated manner
     His fingers worked with tension
    His fingers worked with tension
  • ( ) proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity  ( work )
    proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
     work your way through every problem or task
    work your way through every problem or task
     She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived
    She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived
     Start from the bottom and work towards the top
    Start from the bottom and work towards the top
  • ( ) prepare for crops  ( crop, cultivate, work )
    prepare for crops
     Work the soil
    Work the soil
     cultivate the land
    cultivate the land
  • ( ) cause to work  ( put to work, work )
    cause to work
     he is working his servants hard
    he is working his servants hard
  • arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion  ( work )
    arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
     The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times
    The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times
  • go sour or spoil  ( ferment, sour, turn, work )
    go sour or spoil
     The milk has soured
    The milk has soured
     The wine worked
    The wine worked
     The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
    The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
  • cause to undergo fermentation  ( ferment, work )
    cause to undergo fermentation
     We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
    We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
     The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats
    The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats
  • find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of  ( figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out )
    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
     did you solve the problem?
    did you solve the problem?
     Work out your problems with the boss
    Work out your problems with the boss
     this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out
    this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out
     did you get it?
    did you get it?
     Did you get my meaning?
    Did you get my meaning?
     He could not work the math problem
    He could not work the math problem
  • use or manipulate to one's advantage  ( exploit, work )
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
     He exploit the new taxation system
    He exploit the new taxation system
     She knows how to work the system
    She knows how to work the system
     he works his parents for sympathy
    he works his parents for sympathy
  • make uniform  ( knead, work )
    make uniform
     knead dough
    knead dough
     work the clay until it is soft
    work the clay until it is soft
  • move into or onto  ( work )
    move into or onto
     work the raisins into the dough
    work the raisins into the dough
     the student worked a few jokes into his presentation
    the student worked a few jokes into his presentation
     work the body onto the flatbed truck
    work the body onto the flatbed truck
  • make something, usually for a specific function  ( forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work )
    make something, usually for a specific function
     She molded the rice balls carefully
    She molded the rice balls carefully
     Form cylinders from the dough
    Form cylinders from the dough
     shape a figure
    shape a figure
     Work the metal into a sword
    Work the metal into a sword
  • gratify and charm, usually in order to influence  ( work )
    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
     the political candidate worked the crowds
    the political candidate worked the crowds
  • provoke or excite  ( work )
    provoke or excite
     The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy
    The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy
  • cause to operate or function  ( work )
    cause to operate or function
     This pilot works the controls
    This pilot works the controls
     Can you work an electric drill?
    Can you work an electric drill?
  • operate in or through  ( work )
    operate in or through
     Work the phones
    Work the phones
  • have and exert influence or effect  ( act upon, influence, work )
    have and exert influence or effect
     The artist's work influenced the young painter
    The artist's work influenced the young painter
     She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
    She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
  • behave in a certain way when handled  ( work )
    behave in a certain way when handled
     This dough does not work easily
    This dough does not work easily
     The soft metal works well
    The soft metal works well


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