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work - Dictionary definition and meaning for word work

Definition
(noun) activity directed toward making or doing something
Example Sentence
  • she checked several points needing further work

Definition
(noun) a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
Synonyms : piece of work
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(noun) the occupation for which you are paid
Synonyms : employment
Example Sentence
  • he is looking for employment
  • a lot of people are out of work

Definition
(noun) applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
Synonyms : study
Example Sentence
  • mastering a second language requires a lot of work
  • no schools offer graduate study in interior design

Definition
(noun) (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
Example Sentence
  • work equals force times distance

Definition
(noun) a place where work is done
Synonyms : workplace
Example Sentence
  • he arrived at work early today

Definition
(noun) the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
Synonyms : body of work , oeuvre
Example Sentence
  • he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre
  • Picasso's work can be divided into periods

Definition
(verb) exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
Example Sentence
  • I will work hard to improve my grades
  • she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor

Definition
(verb) be employed
Synonyms : do work
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
Synonyms : act
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) perform as expected when applied
Synonyms : function , go , operate , run
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) shape, form, or improve a material
Synonyms : process , work on
Example Sentence
  • work stone into tools
  • process iron
  • work the metal

Definition
(verb) give a workout to
Synonyms : exercise , work out
Example Sentence
  • Some parents exercise their infants
  • My personal trainer works me hard
  • work one's muscles
  • this puzzle will exercise your mind

Definition
(verb) proceed along a path
Synonyms : make
Example Sentence
  • work one's way through the crowd
  • make one's way into the forest

Definition
(verb) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
Example Sentence
  • She works the night clubs
  • The salesman works the Midwest
  • This artist works mostly in acrylics

Definition
(verb) proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) move in an agitated manner
Example Sentence
  • His fingers worked with tension

Definition
(verb) cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
Synonyms : bring , make for , play , wreak
Example Sentence
  • I cannot work a miracle
  • wreak havoc
  • bring comments
  • play a joke
  • The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area

Definition
(verb) cause to work
Synonyms : put to work
Example Sentence
  • he is working his servants hard

Definition
(verb) prepare for crops
Synonyms : crop , cultivate
Example Sentence
  • Work the soil
  • cultivate the land

Definition
(verb) behave in a certain way when handled
Example Sentence
  • This dough does not work easily
  • The soft metal works well

Definition
(verb) have and exert influence or effect
Synonyms : act upon , influence
Example Sentence
  • The artist's work influenced the young painter
  • She worked on her friends to support the political candidate

Definition
(verb) operate in or through
Example Sentence
  • Work the phones

Definition
(verb) cause to operate or function
Example Sentence
  • This pilot works the controls
  • Can you work an electric drill?

Definition
(verb) provoke or excite
Example Sentence
  • The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy

Definition
(verb) gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
Example Sentence
  • the political candidate worked the crowds

Definition
(verb) make something, usually for a specific function
Synonyms : forge , form , mold , mould , shape
Example Sentence
  • She molded the rice balls carefully
  • Form cylinders from the dough
  • shape a figure
  • Work the metal into a sword

Definition
(verb) move into or onto
Example Sentence
  • work the raisins into the dough
  • the student worked a few jokes into his presentation
  • work the body onto the flatbed truck

Definition
(verb) make uniform
Synonyms : knead
Example Sentence
  • knead dough
  • work the clay until it is soft

Definition
(verb) use or manipulate to one's advantage
Synonyms : exploit
Example Sentence
  • He exploit the new taxation system
  • She knows how to work the system
  • he works his parents for sympathy

Definition
(verb) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
Synonyms : figure out , lick , puzzle out , solve , work out
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) cause to undergo fermentation
Synonyms : ferment
Example Sentence
  • We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
  • The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats

Definition
(verb) go sour or spoil
Synonyms : ferment , sour , turn
Example Sentence
  • The milk has soured
  • The wine worked
  • The cream has turned--we have to throw it out

Definition
(verb) arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
Example Sentence
  • The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times

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