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Work Definition and Meaning

By Muazma Batool & Muneeza Rehman — Updated on September 27, 2023
Work denotes exerting effort to achieve a task. e.g., They work together to complete the project on time.
Work Definition and Meaning

Work Definitions

Something that has been produced or accomplished through the effort, activity, or agency of a person or thing
This scheme was the work of a criminal mastermind. Erosion is the work of wind, water, and time.
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May 03, 2023
Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something
Cleaning the basement was a lot of work.
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May 03, 2023
To proceed or progress slowly and laboriously
worked through the underbrush.
worked through my problems in therapy.
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To embroider with thread.
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May 03, 2023
A trade, profession, or other means of livelihood
His work is fixing cars.
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May 03, 2023
Such effort or activity by which one makes a living; employment
looking for work.
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May 03, 2023
The place where one is employed.
He hasn’t come home yet; he’s still at work.
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May 03, 2023
(intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.
His fingers worked with tension.
A ship works in a heavy sea.
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May 03, 2023
The part of a day devoted to an occupation or undertaking
met her after work.
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May 03, 2023
(Slang) A thorough beating or other severe treatment. Used with the
took him outside and gave him the works.
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May 03, 2023
To influence.
They worked on her to join the group.
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May 03, 2023
One's place of employment
Should I call you at home or at work?.
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May 03, 2023
Something that one is doing, making, or performing, especially as an occupation or undertaking; a duty or task
begin the day's work.
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May 03, 2023
An amount of such activity either done or required
a week's work.
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May 03, 2023
The action or effect of an agency
The antibiotic seems to be doing its work.
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May 03, 2023
An act; a deed
"I have seen all the works that are done under the sun.
and, behold, all is vanity" (Ecclesiastes 1:14).
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May 03, 2023
An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, or literary or musical composition, or a creative result of other human activity
an early work of Matisse.
a scholarly work of great importance.
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May 03, 2023
works The output of a writer, artist, or composer considered or collected as a whole
the works of Bach.
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May 03, 2023
works Engineering structures, such as bridges or dams.
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May 03, 2023
A fortified structure, such as a trench or fortress.
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May 03, 2023
Needlework, weaving, lacemaking, or a similar textile art.
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May 03, 2023
A piece of such textile art.
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May 03, 2023
A material or piece of material being processed in a machine during manufacture
work to be turned in the lathe.
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May 03, 2023
works (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A factory, plant, or similar building or complex of buildings where a specific type of business or industry is carried on. Often used in combination
a steelworks.
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May 03, 2023
works Internal mechanism
the works of a watch.
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May 03, 2023
The manner, style, or quality of working or treatment; workmanship.
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May 03, 2023
Abbr. w(Physics) The transfer of energy from one physical system to another, especially the application of a force to move a body in a certain direction. It is calculated as the product of the force and the distance over which it is applied and is expressed in joules, ergs, and foot-pounds.
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May 03, 2023
works Moral or righteous acts or deeds
salvation by faith rather than works.
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May 03, 2023
(Informal) The full range of possibilities; everything. Used with the
ordered a pizza with the works.
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May 03, 2023
Of, relating to, designed for, or engaged in work.
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May 03, 2023
To exert oneself physically or mentally in order to do, make, or accomplish something.
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May 03, 2023
To be employed; have a job.
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May 03, 2023
To function; operate
How does this latch work?.
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May 03, 2023
To function or operate in the desired or required way
The telephone hasn't worked since the thunderstorm.
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May 03, 2023
To have a given effect or outcome
Our friendship works best when we speak our minds.
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May 03, 2023
To have the desired effect or outcome; prove successful
This recipe seems to work.
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May 03, 2023
To exert an influence. Used with on or upon
worked on her to join the group.
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May 03, 2023
To arrive at a specified condition through gradual or repeated movement
The stitches worked loose.
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May 03, 2023
To move in an agitated manner, as with emotion
Her mouth worked with fear.
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May 03, 2023
To behave in a specified way when handled or processed
Not all metals work easily.
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May 03, 2023
To ferment.
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May 03, 2023
To strain in heavy seas so that the joints give slightly and the fastenings become slack. Used of a boat or ship.
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May 03, 2023
To sail against the wind.
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May 03, 2023
To undergo small motions that result in friction and wear
The gears work against each other.
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May 03, 2023
To cause or effect; bring about
working miracles.
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May 03, 2023
To cause to operate or function; actuate, use, or manage
worked the controls.
can work a lathe.
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May 03, 2023
To shape or forge
"Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor" (Edgar Allan Poe).
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May 03, 2023
To make or decorate by needlework
work a sampler.
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May 03, 2023
To solve (a problem) by calculation and reasoning.
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May 03, 2023
To knead, stir, or otherwise manipulate in preparation
Work the dough before shaping it.
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May 03, 2023
To bring to a specified condition by gradual or repeated effort or work
finally worked the window open.
worked the slaves to death.
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May 03, 2023
To make, achieve, or pay for by work or effort
worked her way to the top.
worked his passage on the ship.
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May 03, 2023
(Informal) To arrange or contrive. Often used with it
worked it so that her weekends are free.
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May 03, 2023
To make productive; cultivate
work a farm.
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May 03, 2023
To cause to work
works his laborers hard.
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May 03, 2023
To excite or provoke
worked the mob into a frenzy.
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May 03, 2023
To gratify, cajole, or enchant artfully, especially for the purpose of influencing
The politician worked the crowd. The comedian worked the room with flawless rhythm.
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May 03, 2023
To use or manipulate to one's own advantage; exploit
learned how to work the system.
worked his relatives for sympathy.
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May 03, 2023
To carry on an operation or function in or through
the agent who works that area.
working the phones for donations.
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May 03, 2023
To ferment (liquor, for example).
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May 03, 2023
Employment.
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May 03, 2023
Labour, occupation, job.
My work involves a lot of travel.
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May 03, 2023
(by extension) One's employer.
I want to go to the reunion concert, but I'm not sure if my work will give me the time off.
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May 03, 2023
(dated) A factory; a works.
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May 03, 2023
Effort.
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May 03, 2023
Effort expended on a particular task.
Holding a brick over your head is hard work. It takes a lot of work to write a dictionary.
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May 03, 2023
Sustained human effort to overcome obstacles and achieve a result.
We know what we must do. Let's go to work.
We don't have much time. Let's get to work piling up those sandbags.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
Something on which effort is expended.
There's lots of work waiting for me at the office.
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May 03, 2023
(physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move.
Work is done against friction to drag a bag along the ground.
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May 03, 2023
A measure of energy that is usefully extracted from a process.
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May 03, 2023
(heading) Product; the result of effort.
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May 03, 2023
The result of a particular manner of production.
There's a lot of guesswork involved.
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May 03, 2023
Something produced using the specified material or tool.
We've got some paperwork to do before we can get started. The piece was decorated with intricate filigree work.
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May 03, 2023
(countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.
It is a work of art.
the poetic works of Alexander Pope
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May 03, 2023
(countable) A fortification.
William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.
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May 03, 2023
The staging of events to appear as real.
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May 03, 2023
(mining) Ore before it is dressed.
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May 03, 2023
The equipment needed to inject a drug (syringes, needles, swabs etc.)
Tell me you're using clean works at least.
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May 03, 2023
(intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.
He’s working in a bar.
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May 03, 2023
Followed by in (or at, etc.) Said of one's workplace (building), or one's department, or one's trade (sphere of business).
I work in a national park
she works in the human resources department
he mostly works in logging, but sometimes works in carpentry
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May 03, 2023
Followed by as. Said of one's job title
I work as a cleaner.
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May 03, 2023
Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.
she works for Microsoft
he works for the president
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May 03, 2023
Followed by with. General use, said of either fellow employees or instruments or clients.
I work closely with my Canadian counterparts
you work with computers
she works with the homeless people from the suburbs
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May 03, 2023
(intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees;
to work into the earth
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To effect by gradual degrees.
he worked his way through the crowd
the dye worked its way through
using some tweezers, she worked the bee sting out of her hand
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To set into action.
He worked the levers.
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To cause to ferment.
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May 03, 2023
(intransitive) To ferment.
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To exhaust, by working.
The mine was worked until the last scrap of ore had been extracted.
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To shape, form, or improve a material.
He used pliers to work the wire into shape.
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.
she works the night clubs
the salesman works the Midwest
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To provoke or excite; to influence.
The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To use or manipulate to one’s advantage.
She knows how to work the system.
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May 03, 2023
To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
I cannot work a miracle.
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May 03, 2023
(transitive) To cause to work.
He is working his servants hard.
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May 03, 2023
(intransitive) To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for.
he pointed at the car and asked, "Does it work"?;
he looked at the bottle of pain pills, wondering if they would work;
my plan didn’t work
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
(intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled
this dough does not work easily;
the soft metal works well
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May 03, 2023
To cause (someone) to feel (something); to do unto somebody (something, whether good or bad).
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May 03, 2023
To hurt; to ache.
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May 03, 2023
To pull off; to wear, perform, etc. successfully or to advantage.
I would never have thought those pieces would go together, but she is working it like nobody's business.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physical labor.
Man hath his daily work of body or mindAppointed.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
The matter on which one is at work; that upon which one spends labor; material for working upon; subject of exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to take up one's work; to drop one's work.
Come on, Nerissa; I have work in handThat you yet know not of.
In every work that he began . . . he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
That which is produced as the result of labor; anything accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance; fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed, service, effect, result, achievement, feat.
To leave no rubs or blotches in the work.
The work some praise,And some the architect.
Fancy . . . Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams.
The composition or dissolution of mixed bodies . . . is the chief work of elements.
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May 03, 2023
Specifically: (a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition; a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison. (b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the needle; embroidery.
I am glad I have found this napkin; . . . I'll have the work ta'en out,And give 't Iago.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
Structures in civil, military, or naval engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches, fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron works; locomotive works; gas works.
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May 03, 2023
Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.
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May 03, 2023
The causing of motion against a resisting force. The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by, the product of the force into the amount of motion along the direction of the force. See Conservation of energy, under Conservation, Unit of work, under Unit, also Foot pound, Horse power, Poundal, and Erg.
Energy is the capacity of doing work . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
Ore before it is dressed.
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May 03, 2023
Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.
He shall reward every man according to his works.
Faith, if it hath not works, is dead.
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May 03, 2023
Break; twist.
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May 03, 2023
The causing of motion against a resisting force, measured by the product of the force into the component of the motion resolved along the direction of the force.
Energy is the capacity of doing work. . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
Ore before it is dressed.
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May 03, 2023
To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like.
O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work,To match thy goodness?
Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you.
Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake,Our life doth pass.
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May 03, 2023
Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.
We bend to that the working of the heart.
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May 03, 2023
Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.
We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.
This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he desired to be taught.
She marveled how she could ever have been wrought upon to marry him.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.
They that work in fine flax . . . shall be confounded.
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May 03, 2023
To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.
Confused with working sands and rolling waves.
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May 03, 2023
To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; - with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth.
Till body up to spirit work, in boundsProportioned to each kind.
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May 03, 2023
To ferment, as a liquid.
The working of beer when the barm is put in.
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May 03, 2023
To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.
Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room.
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May 03, 2023
To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.
He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why they forbare to work them at that time.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth.
Each herb he knew, that works or good or ill.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.
So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stainsOf rushing torrents and descending rains,Works itself clear, and as it runs, refines,Till by degrees the floating mirror shines.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.
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May 03, 2023
To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.
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May 03, 2023
To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.
Knowledge in building and working ships.
Now, Marcus, thy virtue's the proof;Put forth thy utmost strength, work every nerve.
The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,Where they were wont to do.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
To cause to ferment, as liquor.
Tears of joy for your returning spilt,Work out and expiate our former guilt.
The sun, that rolls his chariot o'er their heads,Works up more fire and color in their cheeks.
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
activity directed toward making or doing something;
she checked several points needing further work
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May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
the occupation for which you are paid;
he is looking for employment
a lot of people are out of work
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May 03, 2023
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
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May 03, 2023
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
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May 03, 2023
a place where work is done;
he arrived at work early today
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May 03, 2023
(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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
shape, form, or improve a material;
work stone into tools
process iron
work the metal
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May 03, 2023
give a work-out to;
Some parents exercise their infants
My personal trainer works me hard
work one's muscles
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May 03, 2023
proceed along a path;
work one's way through the crowd
make one's way into the forest
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May 03, 2023
operate in a certain place, area, or specialty;
She works the night clubs
The salesman works the Midwest
This artist works mostly in acrylics
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
move in an agitated manner;
His fingers worked with tension
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May 03, 2023
cause to work;
he is working his servants hard
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
prepare for crops;
Work the soil
cultivate the land
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
behave in a certain way when handled;
This dough does not work easily
The soft metal works well
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
have and exert influence or effect;
The artist's work influenced the young painter
She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
operate in or through;
Work the phones
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
cause to operate or function;
This pilot works the controls
Can you work an electric drill?
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
provoke or excite;
The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
gratify and charm, usually in order to influence;
the political candidate worked the crowds
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
make something, usually for a specific function;
She molded the riceballs carefully
Form cylinders from the dough
shape a figure
Work the metal into a sword
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
make uniform;
knead dough
work the clay until it is soft
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
[intransitive] to make efforts to achieve something
She dedicated her life to working for peace.
Muazma Batool
Jun 02, 2023
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
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
go sour or spoil;
The milk has soured
The wine worked
The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion;
The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times
Muazma Batool
May 03, 2023
to move or pass to a particular place or state, usually gradually
It will take a while for the drug to work out of your system.
He worked his way to the top of his profession.
I was tied up, but managed to work myself free.
The screw had worked loose.
Muneeza Rehman
Jun 02, 2023

Work Meaning in a Sentence

She found it difficult to balance work and family.
Muneeza Rehman
May 29, 2023
His dedication to his work is admirable.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
His work in the community has been recognized.
Muneeza Rehman
May 29, 2023
The medicine works by blocking the pain signals.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
Can you work on Saturday?
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
A creative or artistic production, such as a piece of literature, music, or artwork.
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May 29, 2023
To function or operate effectively or as intended, as in the case of a machine or device.
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May 29, 2023
She has a lot of work to complete before the deadline.
Muneeza Rehman
May 29, 2023
We need to work together to solve this problem.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
The machine doesn't work anymore.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
He decided to work from home to avoid the commute.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
She works for a multinational corporation.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
Hard work is the key to success.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
They are working on a new project.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
You need to work on your pronunciation.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
He's currently out of work.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
Work on the construction site starts early in the morning.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
Physical or mental activity done in order to achieve a specific purpose or result, often as part of one's employment or profession.
Muneeza Rehman
May 29, 2023
To exert effort or energy in order to accomplish a task or achieve a goal.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023
The place or premises where one engages in employment or performs their duties.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023

Work Idioms

Work like a charm

Something functions or operates very effectively.
The new software works like a charm and has sped up the processing time.
Asaiah
Sep 27, 2023

Work one's fingers to the bone

Work extremely hard.
She worked her fingers to the bone to support her family.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Work wonders

To achieve a very positive effect.
A little bit of paint can work wonders on a worn-out old room.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Dirty work

Unpleasant tasks that someone has to do.
I had to do the dirty work and fire him.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Work overtime

To work more than the regular hours.
The team had to work overtime to meet the project deadline.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

All in a day's work

Something is typical or expected in one's job or in a specific task.
Rescuing cats from trees is all in a day's work for a firefighter.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Work the system

To use a system in a way to get the desired results, sometimes by bypassing conventional means.
He knows how to work the system and get results faster.
Bronson
Sep 27, 2023

Work up an appetite

To become hungry due to physical activity.
After that hike, I've really worked up an appetite.
Xavier
Sep 27, 2023

Work off steam

To get rid of one's anger or extra energy by doing something active.
I like to work off steam by going for a run.
Smith
Sep 27, 2023

At work

Engaged in work or influencing something.
There are mysterious forces at work in this house.
Maverick
Sep 27, 2023

Have one's work cut out

Face a difficult task.
With so many assignments due, I really have my work cut out for me this weekend.
Kalel
Sep 27, 2023

Work against the clock

To rush to finish something within a limited time.
They're working against the clock to get the stage ready for the concert.
Darian
Sep 27, 2023

Work in progress

Something not yet finished or is still being developed.
Pardon the mess; this project is still a work in progress.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Work both ends

To handle or manage multiple aspects of a situation, sometimes with conflicting interests.
As a mediator, she had to work both ends to ensure a peaceful resolution.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Throw a monkey wrench into the works

To cause a problem or disruption in a process or plan.
The sudden budget cut threw a monkey wrench into the works.
Darian
Sep 27, 2023

Work the room

To interact with many people in a social setting.
He's very good at networking; he can work the room like a pro.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Make short work of something

To finish or handle something quickly.
The child made short work of the chocolate cake.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Work to death

To overwork or to work extremely hard.
He's been working himself to death lately; he needs a break.
Bronson
Sep 27, 2023

Work one's way up

To progress or elevate oneself in position or status through hard work.
She started as an intern and worked her way up to the executive position.
Kalel
Sep 27, 2023

Work out of the box

Something that functions immediately without additional setup or configuration.
The new software is designed to work out of the box.
Muazma Batool
Sep 27, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

What is work synonyms?

Some common synonyms for "work" include labor, employment, occupation, task, duty, assignment, job, and vocation. These words can be used interchangeably in certain contexts to convey the general concept of engaging in productive activity.
Muneeza Rehman
May 29, 2023

What is the technical definition of work?

In technical terms, work is the transfer of energy that occurs when a force is applied to an object and causes it to move in the direction of the force. It is typically measured by multiplying the force exerted on an object by the distance over which it is applied.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023

Is work an adjective?

While "work" is primarily used as a noun or a verb, it can also function as an adjective in certain contexts. For example, we can refer to a "work environment" to describe the conditions or atmosphere in which work takes place.
Muneeza Rehman
May 29, 2023

What is different between work and job?

While the terms "work" and "job" are often used interchangeably, there is a subtle distinction between the two. Work refers to any productive activity, whether paid or unpaid, while a job specifically refers to a paid position or employment, usually with specific duties and responsibilities.
Muneeza Rehman
May 29, 2023

What is the opposite of work?

The opposite of work can vary depending on the context. In terms of employment or labor, the opposite of work is typically called unemployment or idleness. However, if we consider work as effort or exertion, the opposite can be seen as leisure or relaxation.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023

What is the plural of work?

The plural form of "work" remains the same as the singular form, so it does not change. The word "work" does not have a distinct plural form in English.
Muazma Batool
May 29, 2023

Sources

  1. “Work” Oxford Learner's Dictionaries https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/work_1
  2. “The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition”
  3. “WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University”
  4. “work” Wiktionary https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/work

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