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work meaning

[ wə:k ]   Pronunciation:
Synonyms of "work""work" in a sentence
  • Noun: work  wurk
    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"
      - piece of work 
    3. The occupation for which you are paid
      "a lot of people are out of work"
      - employment 
    4. Applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
      "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"
      - study 
    5. (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" 
    6. A place where work is done
      "he arrived at work early today"
      - workplace 
    7. The total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
      "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
      - oeuvre, body of work
    Verb: work  wurk
    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" 
    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"
      - 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 medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
      - act 
    4. Perform as expected when applied
      "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
      - function, operate, go, run 
    5. Shape, form, or improve a material
      "work stone into tools"; "work the metal"
      - work on, process 
    6. Give a workout to
      "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"
      - exercise, work out 
    7. Proceed along a path
      "work one's way through the crowd"
      - make 
    8. Operate in a certain place, area, or speciality
      "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"
      - bring, play, wreak, make for 
    12. Cause to work
      "he is working his servants hard"
      - put to work 
    13. Prepare for crops
      "Work the soil"
      - 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"
      - 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
      "Work the metal into a sword"
      - shape, form, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], 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
      "work the clay until it is soft"
      - knead 
    23. Use or manipulate to one's advantage
      "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"
      - exploit 
    24. Find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
      "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "He could not work the maths problem"
      - solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick 
    25. Cause to undergo fermentation
      "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
      - ferment 
    26. Go sour or spoil
      "The wine worked"
      - 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"

    Derived forms: working, works, worked

    See also: workable, worker

    Type of: acquisition, activity, affect, apply, be, bear on, bear upon, becharm [archaic], become, beguile, bewitch, bring home the bacon, business, captivate, capture, care, catch, change state, charm, come through, convert, create, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, deal, deliver the goods, displace, employ, enamor [US], enamour [Brit, Cdn], enchant, end product, energy, entrance, excite, fascinate, fix, free energy, gear up, geographic point, geographical point, get, go, go across, go through, handle, impact, job, learning, line, line of work, make, manage, manipulate, move, occupation, operate, output, pass, prepare, proceed, product, production, ready, run, set, set up, stimulate, stir, succeed, touch, touch on, trance, transform, transmute, transubstantiate, turn, understand, use, utilise [Brit], utilize, win

    Antonym: idle

    Encyclopedia: Work Work, Death, and Sickness

  • [Architecture]

    All labor necessary to produce the construction required by the contract documents, and all materials and equipment incorporated or to be incorporated in such construction.


    The produce of a force by its corresponding displacement.

  • [Business]
    AmE / verb, noun


    1 [no obj]

    to have a job:

    Both my parents work.

    Do you work full-time or part-time?

    She works for an engineering company.

    He works as a programmer.

    2 [+ obj or no obj]

    to do sth that involves physical or mental effort, especially as part of your job:

    You've been working too hard. Take a break.

    My boss works very long hours.

    What project are you working on?

    We need to work at improving customer service.

    We've been working closely with our designers.

    3 [no obj]

    to make efforts to achieve sth:

    We're working hard to find a solution to the problem.

    4 [+ obj]

    to make yourself/sb work, especially very hard:

    She works her staff hard and pays them well.

    5 [+ obj]

    to manage or operate sth in order to gain benefit from it:

    Some of the sales reps have to work a very large area.

    contracts and leases to work the mines

    (= to take coal, minerals, etc. out of them)

    to work the land

    (= grow crops on it, etc.)

    6 [no obj]

    to function; to operate:

    My phone isn't working.

    The new search engine works well.

    The article examines how companies work.

    The system works by converting the text into a code.

    7 [+ obj]

    to make a machine, device, etc. operate:

    teaching customers how to work a VCR

    The machine is worked by wind power.

    8 [no obj]

    to have the result or effect that you want:

    Our plan didn't work.

    The new informal meetings just aren't working.

    We think the new appraisal system works well.

    9 [no obj]

    to have a particular effect:

    The fact that he is so young could work against him.

    The strength of the local currency worked in our favour.

    10 [+ obj or no obj]

    to move or pass to a particular place or state, usually gradually:

    She worked her way from sales assistant to senior manager.

    He worked his way up to the top of the company.


    work it/things (informal)

    to arrange sth in a particular way, especially by being clever:

    I managed to work it so that I could have a day free for sightseeing.

    work to rule

    to follow the rules of your job in a very strict way in order to cause delay, as a form of protest against your employer or your working conditions




    work out

    to develop in a successful way:

    My first job didn't work out.

    Things have worked out quite well for us.

    work out (at sth)

    if sth works out at sth, you calculate that it will be a particular amount:

    That works out at almost $500.

    It would work out cheaper to fly.

    work sth out


    to calculate an amount or the cost of sth:

    We need to work out how much it will cost.


    to find the answer to sth; to solve sth:

    I finally worked out what the problem was.


    to plan or think of sth:

    Have you worked out the best way to do it?


    work to sth

    to follow a plan, timetable, etc:

    to work to a budget

    We're working to a very tight deadline

    (= we have little time in which to do the work).

    work towards sth

    to try to reach or achieve a goal:

    We're working towards a profit of $2 million this year.

    work sth up

    to spend time developing sth:

    to work up a business plan

    It took me an hour to work up the courage to make the phone call.



    1 [U]

    the job that a person does:

    I'm looking for work.

    I started work as soon as I left school.

    ◆ (BrE) Official figures show that the number of people in work (= who have a job) has risen by 65 000 this year.

    What line of work are you in

    (= what type of work do you do)?

    More and more mothers of young children are going out to work now.

    SYN EMPLOYMENT See note at JOB

    full-time/part-time/permanent/regular/temporary work

    paid/unpaid/voluntary work

    badly paid/well-paid work

    ◆ to find/get/look for/seek work

    ◆ to give up/go back to/return to/start work

    2 [U] (used without the)

    the place where you do your job:

    I go to work at 8 a.m.

    She had to leave work early today.

    The new legislation concerns health and safety at work.

    ❖ to go to/leave work

    ◆ (be) at/off work

    3 [U]

    the duties that you have and the activities that you do as part of your job:

    The accountant described his work to the sales staff.

    Do you enjoy your work?

    Power-plant work is hard, dangerous and often boring.

    Who handles the day-to-day work of the department?

    What time do you finish work today?

    Are you going out after work

    (= this evening)?

    administrative/clerical/factory/office/secretarial work

    ◆ to do/produce/take on/undertake work

    ◆ to begin/finish/start/stop work

    4 [U]

    tasks that need to be done:

    I have some work for you to do.

    Pressure of work forced him to cancel his trip.

    We have a lot of work on at the moment.

    ❖ to take on/do/have/undertake work

    5 [U]

    materials needed or used for doing work, especially books, papers, etc:

    She often brings work home with her.

    6 [U]

    activity that uses physical strength or mental power in order to do or make sth:

    She got her promotion through sheer hard work.

    We started work on the project two years ago.

    Work continues on renovating the hotel.

    ❖ to carry out/put in work

    ◆ to complete/halt/start/stop work

    7 [U]

    a thing or things that are produced as a result of work:

    She did her best work before she was 30.

    His work is always faultless.

    The analysis is an impressive piece of work.

    bad/good/innovative/major/outstanding work

    8 [U]

    the result of an action; what is done by sb:

    The report was the work of the company's production manager.

    The manual was the joint work of 11 authors.

    9 works [pl.] (often used with other nouns)

    activities involving building or repairing sth:

    engineering works


    falling government spending on public works projects

    10 works [C with sing./pl. verb] (plural works) (often used with other nouns)

    a place where things are made or industrial processes are carried out:

    an engineering works


    They are worried that pollution from the works will affect a wide area. See note at FACTORY

    ❖ a cement/chemical/gas/steel works

    ◆ to open/close (down)/shut down a works

    ◆ the works close (down)/open the works canteen/foreman/manager/supervisor

    11 the works [pl.] (informal)

    the moving parts of a machine, etc.



    at work (on sth)

    busy doing sth:

    Everybody is hard at work on the new project.

    get (down) to/set to work

    to begin; to make a start

    in the works

    something that is in the works is being discussed, planned or prepared and will happen or exist soon

    DIRTY, JOB noun, LIGHT

  • [Economics]
    Activities involving physical and/or mental effort. While a large part of this is in paid employment, or working for economic gain while self-employed, there are other forms of work. This is recognized in the terms voluntary work, where people perform for charities or political parties tasks other people are paid for, and housework, where people work for the welfare of their families.

    See also:

    hours of work, part-time work, shift work, skilled work, and unskilled work

  • [Electronics]
    1. Symbol, W. Units: joule, erg, foot-pound, kilogram-meter. That which is accomplished by the transfer of energy from one body to another, as when an exerted force causes a displacement. The amount of work performed is equal to force times distance: W = Fd.
    2. An amateur radio term meaning to engage in two-way communication with another station.

  • [Medicine]
    Productive or purposeful activities.
  • My own work follows this approach.
  • Mother works economic advantages accrue.
  • The child 's work at school is about average ..
  • You never work those things out, though.
  • Miller's work was absolutely critical.
  • The work is still in manuscript.
  • We are progressing fairly with the work.
  • I went to a cocktail party after work.
  • What does your share of the bonus work out at?
  • Your work seems to be leading nowhere.
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