work
1. [ noun ] activity directed toward making or doing something
Examples:

"she checked several points needing further work"

Related terms: activity service duty undertaking labor operation wash care operation investigation mission washing job housework paperwork shining job logging busywork loose_end subbing welfare_work heavy_lifting ironing timework spadework coursework action nightwork housewifery
2. [ noun ] a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
Synonyms: piece_of_work
Examples:

: "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 Dewey"

Related terms: product publication masterpiece woodwork openwork handicraft wicker work_in_progress follow-up silverwork leatherwork lacquerware workpiece metalwork lacework ironwork
3. [ verb ] (work) exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
Examples:

"I will work hard to improve my grades" "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

Related terms: idle work_at collaborate serve busy assist follow_through work_through putter volunteer wait minister skipper beaver skimp intern plug_away boondoggle clerk cooper page pull_one's_weight carpenter specialize electioneer worker actor
4. [ noun ] (work) the occupation for which you are paid
Synonyms: job employment
Examples:

"he is looking for employment" "a lot of people are out of work"

Related terms: occupation service services position engagement seafaring coaching public_service appointment piecework telecommuting paper_route treadmill workload
5. [ verb ] (work) be employed
Synonyms: do_work
Examples:

"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"

Related terms: drive serve fill farm man labor slave serve job moonlight scab consult subcontract free-lance bank turn_a_trick drive tinker be worker
6. [ verb ] have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
Synonyms: act
Examples:

"The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought" "This method doesn't work" "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"

Related terms: succeed bring
7. [ noun ] (psychology,education) applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
Synonyms: study
Examples:

"mastering a second language requires a lot of work" "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"

Related terms: learning study
8. [ noun ] (fine art) the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
Synonyms: body_of_work oeuvre
Examples:

"he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre" "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"

Related terms: end_product writing
9. [ verb ] (work) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
Synonyms: be follow
Examples:

"He is a herpetologist "She is our resident philosopher"

Related terms: wait cooper page skipper specialize vet minister intern clerk cox boondoggle carpenter
10. [ verb ] perform as expected when applied
Synonyms: operate function run go
Examples:

"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"

Related terms: malfunction service run roll double cut pan_out run operation
11. [ verb ] shape, form, or improve a material
Synonyms: work_on process
Examples:

"work stone into tools" "process iron" "work the metal"

Related terms: transform rework overwork coldwork rack till tool shape
12. [ verb ] give a work-out to
Synonyms: exercise work_out
Examples:

: "Some parents exercise their infants" "My personal trainer works me hard" "work one's muscles"

Related terms: warm_up exercise gymnastic_apparatus exercise
13. [ noun ] (work) a place where work is done
Synonyms: workplace
Examples:

"he arrived at work early today"

Related terms: geographic_point farm lab studio workshop job beehive shipyard central proving_ground roundhouse ironworks exchange drill_site test_bed fishery oyster_bed laundry colliery lumberyard bakery ropewalk forge shop_floor gasworks creamery studio glassworks sweatshop tannery fish_farm waterworks creamery brokerage_house locker_room
14. [ verb ] proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
Examples:

"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"

Related terms: go make
15. [ verb ] (work) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
Examples:

"She works the night clubs" "The salesman works the Midwest" "This artist works mostly in acrylics"

16. [ verb ] happen
Synonyms: operate
Examples:

"What is going on in the minds of the people?"

Related terms: anticipate happen process
17. [ noun ] (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
Examples:

"work equals force times distance"

Related terms: energy physics
18. [ verb ] pick one's way
Synonyms: make_one's_way work_one's_way airt
Related terms: pass claw jostle bushwhack
19. [ verb ] proceed along a path
Synonyms: make
Examples:

"work one's way through the crowd" "make one's way into the forest"

Related terms: pass claw jostle bushwhack
20. [ verb ] cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
Synonyms: bring make_for play wreak
Examples:

"I cannot work a miracle" "wreak havoc" "bring comments" "play a joke" "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"

Related terms: make pull_off effect induce raise stage bring_about
21. [ verb ] move in ran agitated manner;
Examples:

"His fingers worked with tension"

Related terms: move
22. [ verb ] (agriculture) prepare for crops
Synonyms: cultivate crop
Examples:

"Work the soil" "cultivate the land"

Related terms: prepare overcrop farming knead cultivator
23. [ verb ] cause to work
Synonyms: put_to_work
Examples:

"he is working his servants hard"

Related terms: use exercise implement warm_up rack overwork computerize
24. [ verb ] deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression
Synonyms: deal cover treat handle plow address
Examples:

"This book deals with incest" "The course covered all of Western Civilization" "The new book treats the history of China"

Related terms: broach discourse spiel theologise treat embrace discussion
25. [ verb ] (food) cause to undergo fermentation
Synonyms: ferment
Examples:

"We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content" "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"

Related terms: convert vinify sour zymosis fermentation ferment sour
26. [ verb ] go sour or spoil
Synonyms: turn sour ferment
Examples:

"The milk has soured" "The wine worked" "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

Related terms: change_state ferment zymosis fermentation souring
27. [ verb ] make something, usually for a specific function
Synonyms: form shape mould forge mold
Examples:

"She molded the riceballs carefully" "Form cylinders from the dough" "shape a figure" "Work the metal into a sword"

Related terms: create_from_raw_material carve model beat sculpt mound puddle hill swage machine reshape sinter cast chip handbuild throw stamp preform preform roughcast constitution formation form cast
28. [ verb ] have and exert influence or effect
Synonyms: influence act_upon
Examples:

"The artist's work influenced the young painter" "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

Related terms: affect carry dominate manipulate swing imprint militate color get_at blackmail prejudice influence influence
29. [ verb ] use to one's advantage
Synonyms: exploit
Examples:

"He exploit the new taxation system" "She knows how to work the system" "he works his parents for sympathy"

Related terms: use use play avail prey harness optimize make_hay exploitation
30. [ verb ] behave in a certain way when handled
Examples:

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

Related terms: be knead
31. [ verb ] cause to operate or function
Examples:

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

Related terms: manage
32. [ verb ] move into or onto
Examples:

"work the raisins into the dough" "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation" "work the body onto the flatbed truck"

Related terms: move stir
33. [ verb ] arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
Examples:

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

Related terms: become
34. [ verb ] operate in or through
Examples:

"Work the phones"

Related terms: operate go
35. [ verb ] provoke or excite
Examples:

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

Related terms: stimulate exploit
36. [ verb ] gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
Examples:

"the political candidate worked the crowds"

Related terms: capture
37. [ verb ] make uniform
Synonyms: knead
Examples:

"knead dough" "work the clay until it is soft"

Related terms: manipulate proof masticate cultivate
38. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8682
39. [ verb ] find the solution to (a problem or question):"did you solve the problem?"; understand the meaning of
Synonyms: solve figure_out puzzle_out lick work_out
Examples:

"did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"

Related terms: understand answer guess answer riddle strike break solution resolution reason
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