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Definition of 'work'

Noun

  1. activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
  2. 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"; "the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or water over time"
       Synonyms: piece of work
  3. the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"
       Synonyms: employment
  4. applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading); "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"
       Synonyms: study
  5. the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it); "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre"; "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
       Synonyms: oeuvre body of work
  6. a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
       Synonyms: workplace
  7. (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"

Verb

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


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