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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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