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Meaning & Definition of Work in English





1. Activity directed toward making or doing something

  • "She checked several points needing further work"
  • 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"
  • work,
  • piece of work

3. The occupation for which you are paid

  • "He is looking for employment"
  • "A lot of people are out of work"
  • employment,
  • work

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"
  • study,
  • work

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"
  • work

6. A place where work is done

  • "He arrived at work early today"
  • workplace,
  • work

7. 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"
  • oeuvre,
  • work,
  • body of work


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"
  • work

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"
  • work,
  • 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"
  • work,
  • 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"
  • function,
  • work,
  • operate,
  • go,
  • run

5. Shape, form, or improve a material

  • "Work stone into tools"
  • "Process iron"
  • "Work the metal"
  • work,
  • work on,
  • process

6. Give a workout to

  • "Some parents exercise their infants"
  • "My personal trainer works me hard"
  • "Work one's muscles"
  • "This puzzle will exercise your mind"
  • exercise,
  • work,
  • work out

7. Proceed along a path

  • "Work one's way through the crowd"
  • "Make one's way into the forest"
  • make,
  • work

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"
  • work

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"
  • work

10. Move in an agitated manner

  • "His fingers worked with tension"
  • work

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"
  • bring,
  • work,
  • play,
  • wreak,
  • make for

12. Cause to work

  • "He is working his servants hard"
  • work,
  • put to work

13. Prepare for crops

  • "Work the soil"
  • "Cultivate the land"
  • cultivate,
  • crop,
  • work

14. Behave in a certain way when handled

  • "This dough does not work easily"
  • "The soft metal works well"
  • work

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,
  • work

16. Operate in or through

  • "Work the phones"
  • work

17. Cause to operate or function

  • "This pilot works the controls"
  • "Can you work an electric drill?"
  • work

18. Provoke or excite

  • "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
  • work

19. Gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

  • "The political candidate worked the crowds"
  • work

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"
  • shape,
  • form,
  • work,
  • 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"
  • work

22. Make uniform

  • "Knead dough"
  • "Work the clay until it is soft"
  • knead,
  • work

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"
  • exploit,
  • work

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"
  • solve,
  • work out,
  • figure out,
  • puzzle out,
  • lick,
  • work

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"
  • ferment,
  • work

26. Go sour or spoil

  • "The milk has soured"
  • "The wine worked"
  • "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
  • sour,
  • turn,
  • ferment,
  • work

27. Arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion

  • "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
  • work

Examples of using

This kind of work is very dangerous.
They rushed through their work.
Tom gets a lot of satisfaction from his work.