Work - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wɜːrk|  American pronunciation of the word work
Brit.  |wɜːk|  British pronunciation of the word work
- activity directed toward making or doing something
- a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
- the occupation for which you are paid (syn: employment)
- applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading) (syn: study)
- (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
- a place where work is done (syn: workplace)
- the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it) (syn: oeuvre)
- exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
- be employed
- have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected (syn: act)
- perform as expected when applied (syn: function, go, operate, run)
- shape, form, or improve a material (syn: process, work on)
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Examples

She is trying to find work in publishing.

How long have you been looking for work?

He started work as a car salesman.

I know him through work.

She didn't come to work today.

He left work a few minutes ago.

She's not here right now. She's at work.

She went out with her friends from work.

Can you describe your work to the class?

A large part of the work is responding to e-mails.

What does your work schedule look like this week?

I started working when I was sixteen.

She works part-time at the restaurant.

She has always wanted to work in advertising.

She has to work two jobs to support her family.

Phrasal verbs

work in  — add by mixing or blending on or attaching
work off  — cause to go away through effort or work
work on  — to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something
work out  — come up with
work over  — give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
work through  — apply thoroughly; think through
work up  — form or accumulate steadily

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: work
he/she/it: works
present participle: working
past tense: worked
past participle: worked
noun
singular: work
plural: works
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