work

phonetic symbol: / wɚ́k / 

work - English Dictionary

[ noun ]
■ activity directed toward making or doing something
e.g.)
・she checked several points needing further work

[ noun ]
■ the occupation for which you are paid
e.g.)
・a lot of people are out of work
employment

[ noun ]
■ the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
e.g.)
・Picasso's work can be divided into periods
body of work , oeuvre

[ noun ]
■ a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
e.g.)
・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
piece of work

[ noun ]
■ a place where work is done
e.g.)
・he arrived at work early today
workplace

[ noun ]
■ applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
e.g.)
・mastering a second language requires a lot of work
study

[ 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
e.g.)
・work equals force times distance

[ verb ]
■ give a workout to
e.g.)
・My personal trainer works me hard
・work one's muscles
exercise , work out

[ verb ]
■ arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
e.g.)
・The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times

[ verb ]
■ go sour or spoil
e.g.)
・The wine worked
ferment , sour , turn

[ verb ]
■ cause to undergo fermentation
e.g.)
・The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats
ferment

[ verb ]
■ find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
e.g.)
・Work out your problems with the boss
・this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out
・He could not work the math problem
figure out , lick , puzzle out , solve , work out

[ verb ]
■ use or manipulate to one's advantage
e.g.)
・She knows how to work the system
・he works his parents for sympathy
exploit

[ verb ]
■ make uniform
e.g.)
・work the clay until it is soft
knead

[ verb ]
■ perform as expected when applied
e.g.)
・This old radio doesn't work anymore
function , go , operate , run

[ verb ]
■ move into or onto
e.g.)
・work the raisins into the dough
・the student worked a few jokes into his presentation
・work the body onto the flatbed truck

[ verb ]
■ cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
e.g.)
・I cannot work a miracle
bring , make for , play , wreak

[ verb ]
■ make something, usually for a specific function
e.g.)
・Work the metal into a sword
forge , form , mold , mould , shape

[ verb ]
■ shape, form, or improve a material
e.g.)
・work stone into tools
・work the metal
process , work on

[ verb ]
■ prepare for crops
e.g.)
・Work the soil
crop , cultivate

[ verb ]
■ gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
e.g.)
・the political candidate worked the crowds

[ verb ]
■ move in an agitated manner
e.g.)
・His fingers worked with tension

[ verb ]
■ proceed along a path
e.g.)
・work one's way through the crowd
make

[ verb ]
■ provoke or excite
e.g.)
・The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy

[ verb ]
■ proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
e.g.)
・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

[ verb ]
■ cause to work
e.g.)
・he is working his servants hard
put to work

[ verb ]
■ be employed
e.g.)
・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
do work

[ verb ]
■ exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
e.g.)
・I will work hard to improve my grades
・she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor

[ verb ]
■ cause to operate or function
e.g.)
・This pilot works the controls
・Can you work an electric drill?

[ verb ]
■ operate in or through
e.g.)
・Work the phones

[ verb ]
■ have an effect or outcome
■ often the one desired or expected
e.g.)
・The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought
・How does your idea work in practice?
・This method doesn't work
・The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water
act

[ verb ]
■ have and exert influence or effect
e.g.)
・The artist's work influenced the young painter
・She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
act upon , influence

[ verb ]
■ operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
e.g.)
・She works the night clubs
・The salesman works the Midwest
・This artist works mostly in acrylics

[ verb ]
■ behave in a certain way when handled
e.g.)
・This dough does not work easily
・The soft metal works well

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