Work - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- 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)
- 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)
- proceed along a path (syn: make)
- operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
- proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
- move in an agitated manner
- cause to happen or to occur as a consequence (syn: bring, play, wreak)
- cause to work
- prepare for crops (syn: crop, cultivate)
- behave in a certain way when handled
- have and exert influence or effect (syn: influence)
- operate in or through
- cause to operate or function
- provoke or excite
- gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
- make something, usually for a specific function (syn: forge, form, mold, mould, shape)
- move into or onto
- make uniform (syn: knead)
- use or manipulate to one's advantage (syn: exploit)
- find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of (syn: figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work out)
- cause to undergo fermentation (syn: ferment)
- go sour or spoil (syn: ferment, sour, turn)
- arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
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.
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
present participle: working
past tense: worked
past participle: worked