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work

 
pronunciation:
wuhrk
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: physical or mental effort directed toward achieving some result; labor.
It required a lot of work to renovate that old house.I just relaxed over the weekend and didn't do any work.
 
synonyms:
exertion, labor, toil
antonyms:
leisure, play
similar words:
action, drudgery, effort, elbow grease, grind, industry, moil, service, struggle, travail, trouble
definition 2: a task or project that uses such effort; undertaking.
The work on the highway is not finished yet.
synonyms:
job, project, task, undertaking
similar words:
activity, assignment, charge, chore, commission, duty, endeavor, exercise, function, mission, office, stint
definition 3: something made or accomplished as the result of such effort.
The museum has many priceless works of art.I enjoyed the author's earlier works more than his later works.
synonyms:
creation, deed, product
similar words:
accomplishment, achievement, act, artifact, composition, effort, exploit, feat, fruit, handiwork, masterpiece, oeuvre, opus, piece
definition 4: the activity involved in a job; employment.
I love my work, but it doesn't pay very well.My husband hasn't had any work for six months.
synonyms:
employment, job, occupation, position
antonyms:
unemployment
similar words:
business, career, field, labor, line, livelihood, métier, profession, pursuit, trade, vocation
definition 5: (pl.) the location or operation of a particular business or industry.
The steel works closed down some years ago.
synonyms:
factory, plant
similar words:
business, enterprise, foundry, mill, shop, yard
definition 6: (pl.) harsh treatment (prec. by the).
The bullies gave him the works.
synonyms:
abuse, beating
similar words:
going-over, thrashing
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of, for, or pertaining to work.
a work uniform
similar words:
business, career, industrial, occupational, official, professional, vocational, workaday, working
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: works, working, worked
definition 1: to exert one's energy to achieve some result; labor; toil.
I worked very hard today and now I'm tired.
synonyms:
labor, toil
antonyms:
play
similar words:
act, apply oneself, drudge, moil, plod, plug away, ply, slave, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, try
definition 2: to be employed; have a job.
She works at the bank.He works for an insurance company.She's no longer working; she retired last year.
definition 3: to function properly; operate.
That washing machine doesn't work.The cash register is old but it still works.
synonyms:
function, operate, run
similar words:
act, go, handle, perform
definition 4: to be successful; act effectively.
The plan is working very well.We tried that strategy, but it didn't work.
synonyms:
succeed, suffice
antonyms:
fail
similar words:
avail, do, go, play, produce, serve, take
definition 5: to change into a specified condition by gradual or repeated movement (often fol. by up, free, loose, or the like).
The knot worked loose.
similar words:
become
definition 6: to have an impact or influence.
This cleaning fluid works on even tough stains.
synonyms:
act
definition 7: to move as the result of pain or emotion.
Her face worked just before she started to cry.
similar words:
contort, grimace, twist, writhe
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to use; operate; handle.
Do you know how to work the oven?
synonyms:
handle, operate, use
similar words:
activate, busy, control, employ, manage, manipulate, ply, run, wield
definition 2: to cause to be or happen; bring about.
That medicine worked wonders on my poison ivy.They expect the president to work miracles.
synonyms:
cause, effect, effectuate
similar words:
accomplish, arrange, beget, contrive, do, engender, execute, make, manage, perform, produce, wreak
definition 3: to exert physical effort upon; manipulate; form.
The baker worked the dough until it was stiff.The blacksmith wrought the iron expertly.
synonyms:
fashion, form, manipulate, mold
similar words:
beat, cultivate, embroider, forge, handle, knead, make, model, press, shape, stir, till, tool, train
definition 4: to excite; provoke.
The band worked the audience into a frenzy.
synonyms:
excite, provoke
similar words:
incite, inspire, move, prompt, rouse, stir, sway
definition 5: to cause to produce, act, or do work.
The trainer works her horses hard.
similar words:
drill, drive, exercise, exploit, manage, press, push, sweat, train, utilize
definition 6: to solve (a problem) through mental activity (usu. fol. by "out").
The math problem was challenging, but she finally worked it out.
synonyms:
solve
similar words:
crack, do, figure, get, puzzle out
definition 7: to reach (a particular place or condition) by gradual or repeated effort.
She worked her way up the mountain.
synonyms:
edge
similar words:
advance, inch, maneuver, plod, push, worm
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  • workday:
    the amount of time out of 24 hours you spend working.
  • worker:
    a person who works.
  • worksheet:
    a sheet of paper on which you do written work.
  • workstation:
    the area in a workplace where you do your work.
  • work-study:
    a program that helps you find a part-time job to pay for your college education.
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