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work

noun (n)

  • activity directed toward making or doing something (noun.act)
    Example:
    She checked several points needing further work.
    source: wordnet30
  • a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: piece of work
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • the occupation for which you are paid (noun.act)
    Synonym: employment
    Example:
    A lot of people are out of work.
    source: wordnet30
  • applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading) (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: study
    Example:
    Mastering a second language requires a lot of work.
    source: wordnet30
  • (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 (noun.phenomenon)
    Example:
    Work equals force times distance.
    source: wordnet30
  • a place where work is done (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: workplace
    Example:
    He arrived at work early today.
    source: wordnet30
  • the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it) (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: body of work, oeuvre
    Example:
    Picasso's work can be divided into periods.
    source: wordnet30
  • Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physical labor. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Break; twist. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity (verb.social)
    Antonym: idle, laze, slug, stagnate
    Example:
    I will work hard to improve my grades.
    She worked hard for better living conditions for the poor.
    source: wordnet30
  • be employed (verb.social)
    Synonym: do work
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected (verb.social)
    Synonym: act
    Example:
    The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought.
    How does your idea work in practice?.
    This method doesn't work.
    The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water.
    source: wordnet30
  • perform as expected when applied (verb.contact)
    Synonym: function, go, operate, run
    Antonym: malfunction, misfunction
    Example:
    This old radio doesn't work anymore.
    source: wordnet30
  • shape, form, or improve a material (verb.creation)
    Synonym: process, work on
    Example:
    Work stone into tools.
    Work the metal.
    source: wordnet30
  • give a workout to (verb.body)
    Synonym: exercise, work out
    Example:
    My personal trainer works me hard.
    Work one's muscles.
    source: wordnet30
  • proceed along a path (verb.motion)
    Synonym: make
    Example:
    Work one's way through the crowd.
    source: wordnet30
  • operate in a certain place, area, or specialty (verb.social)
    Example:
    She works the night clubs.
    The salesman works the Midwest.
    This artist works mostly in acrylics.
    source: wordnet30
  • proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity (verb.social)
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • move in an agitated manner (verb.motion)
    Example:
    His fingers worked with tension.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to happen or to occur as a consequence (verb.creation)
    Synonym: bring, make for, play, wreak
    Example:
    I cannot work a miracle.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to work (verb.social)
    Synonym: put to work
    Example:
    He is working his servants hard.
    source: wordnet30
  • prepare for crops (verb.creation)
    Synonym: crop, cultivate
    Example:
    Work the soil.
    source: wordnet30
  • behave in a certain way when handled (verb.stative)
    Example:
    This dough does not work easily.
    The soft metal works well.
    source: wordnet30
  • have and exert influence or effect (verb.social)
    Synonym: act upon, influence
    Example:
    The artist's work influenced the young painter.
    She worked on her friends to support the political candidate.
    source: wordnet30
  • operate in or through (verb.social)
    Example:
    Work the phones.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to operate or function (verb.social)
    Example:
    This pilot works the controls.
    Can you work an electric drill?.
    source: wordnet30
  • provoke or excite (verb.perception)
    Example:
    The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.
    source: wordnet30
  • gratify and charm, usually in order to influence (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    The political candidate worked the crowds.
    source: wordnet30
  • make something, usually for a specific function (verb.creation)
    Synonym: forge, form, mold, mould, shape
    Example:
    Work the metal into a sword.
    source: wordnet30
  • move into or onto (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Work the raisins into the dough.
    The student worked a few jokes into his presentation.
    Work the body onto the flatbed truck.
    source: wordnet30
  • make uniform (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Work the clay until it is soft.
    source: wordnet30
  • use or manipulate to one's advantage (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: exploit
    Example:
    She knows how to work the system.
    He works his parents for sympathy.
    source: wordnet30
  • find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    Work out your problems with the boss.
    This unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out.
    He could not work the math problem.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to undergo fermentation (verb.change)
    Synonym: ferment
    Example:
    The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats.
    source: wordnet30
  • go sour or spoil (verb.change)
    Synonym: ferment, sour, turn
    Example:
    The wine worked.
    source: wordnet30
  • arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion (verb.change)
    Example:
    The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times.
    source: wordnet30
  • To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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