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work verb
1. exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
Antonyms: idle
  • "I will work hard to improve my grades"
  • "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
2. be employed
Related: do_work
  • "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"
3. (succeed) have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
Related: act
  • "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"
4. (transform) shape, form, or improve a material
Related: work_on, process
  • "work stone into tools"
  • "process iron"
  • "work the metal"
5. (work) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
  • "She works the night clubs"
  • "The salesman works the Midwest"
  • "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
6. (go) 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"
7. (move) move in an agitated manner
  • "His fingers worked with tension"
8. (use) cause to work
Related: put_to_work
  • "he is working his servants hard"
9. (be) behave in a certain way when handled
  • "This dough does not work easily"
  • "The soft metal works well"
10. (operate) operate in or through
  • "Work the phones"
11. (manage) cause to operate or function
  • "This pilot works the controls"
  • "Can you work an electric drill?"
12. (stimulate) provoke or excite
  • "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
13. (capture) gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
  • "the political candidate worked the crowds"
14. (move) 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"
15. (become) arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
  • "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
work noun
1. (activity) activity directed toward making or doing something
  • "she checked several points needing further work"
2. (product) a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
Related: piece_of_work
  • "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"
3. (energy) (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"
make verb
1. (pass) proceed along a path
Related: work
  • "work one's way through the crowd"
  • "make one's way into the forest"
study noun
1. (learning) applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
Related: work
  • "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"
  • "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"
bring verb
1. (make) cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
Related: work, play, wreak, make_for
  • "I cannot work a miracle"
  • "wreak havoc"
  • "bring comments"
  • "play a joke"
  • "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"
function verb
1. perform as expected when applied
Related: work, operate, go, run
Antonyms: malfunction
  • "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"
influence verb
1. (affect) have and exert influence or effect
Related: act_upon, work
  • "The artist's work influenced the young painter"
  • "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
exercise verb
1. (work) give a workout to
Related: work, work_out
  • "Some parents exercise their infants"
  • "My personal trainer works me hard"
  • "work one's muscles"
  • "this puzzle will exercise your mind"
shape verb
1. (create_from_raw_material) make something, usually for a specific function
Related: form, work, mold, mould, forge
  • "She molded the rice balls carefully"
  • "Form cylinders from the dough"
  • "shape a figure"
  • "Work the metal into a sword"
employment noun
1. (occupation) the occupation for which you are paid
Related: work
  • "he is looking for employment"
  • "a lot of people are out of work"
solve verb
1. (understand) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
Related: work_out, figure_out, puzzle_out, lick, work
  • "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"
exploit verb
1. (use) use or manipulate to one's advantage
Related: work
  • "He exploit the new taxation system"
  • "She knows how to work the system"
  • "he works his parents for sympathy"
cultivate verb
1. (fix) prepare for crops
Related: crop, work
  • "Work the soil"
  • "cultivate the land"
workplace noun
1. (geographic_point) a place where work is done
Related: work
  • "he arrived at work early today"
sour verb
1. (change_state) go sour or spoil
Related: turn, ferment, work
  • "The milk has soured"
  • "The wine worked"
  • "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
ferment verb
1. (convert) cause to undergo fermentation
Related: work
  • "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"
  • "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
oeuvre noun
1. (end_product) the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
Related: work, body_of_work
  • "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre"
  • "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
knead verb
1. (manipulate) make uniform
Related: work
  • "knead dough"
  • "work the clay until it is soft"
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