Work meaning

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Work is physical or mental effort in order to produce or accomplish something.

An example of work is a day spent preparing soil for planting.

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Work is an occupation or something that someone does or has done.

An example of work is a job as an accountant.

An example of work is someone having plumbing done at their house.

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The definition of work is something that relates to a person's job.

An example of work used as an adjective is work shirt, the type of shirt a plumber wears while working, commonly decorated with his company's name and his name stitched above the pocket.

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Work is defined as to put forth effort in order to accomplish something or to have a job.

An example of work is digging a ditch.

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To cause to operate or function; actuate, use, or manage.

Worked the controls; can work a lathe.

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The action of, or effect produced by, natural forces.
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Internal mechanism.

The works of a watch.

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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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To move in an agitated manner, as with emotion.

Her mouth worked with fear.

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To behave in a specified way when handled or processed.

Not all metals work easily.

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To ferment.
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To undergo small motions that result in friction and wear.

The gears work against each other.

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To cause or effect; bring about.

Working miracles.

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To shape or forge.
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To make or decorate by needlework.

Work a sampler.

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To solve (a problem) by calculation and reasoning.
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To knead, stir, or otherwise manipulate in preparation.

Work the dough before shaping it.

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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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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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To arrange or contrive. Often used with it .

Worked it so that her weekends are free.

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To make productive; cultivate.

Work a farm.

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To cause to work.

Works his laborers hard.

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To excite or provoke.

Worked the mob into a frenzy.

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To ferment (liquor, for example).
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Physical or mental effort exerted to do or make something; purposeful activity; labor; toil.
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Occupation, profession, business, trade, craft, etc.
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Something that has been made or done; result of a specific kind of activity or way of working [to have dental work done, skillful brushwork]
  • An act; deed.
    A person of good works.
  • Collected writings.
    The works of Poe.
  • Engineering structures, as bridges, dams, docks, etc.
  • A fortification.
  • Needlework; embroidery.
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Material that is being or is to be processed, as in a machine tool, in some state of manufacture.
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A place where work is done, as a factory, public utility plant, etc.

Steelworks, gasworks.

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Manner, style, quality, rate, etc. of working; workmanship.
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Foam due to fermentation, as in cider.
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The product of force and the amount of displacement in the direction of that force: it is the means by which energy is transferred from one object or system to another.
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Acts done in compliance with religious laws or duties or aimed at fulfilling religious ideals.
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To exert oneself in order to do or make something; do work; labor; toil.
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To be employed.
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To undergo fermentation.
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To produce results or exert an influence.

Let it work in their minds.

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To be manipulated, kneaded, etc.

Putty that works easily.

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To move, proceed, etc. slowly and with or as with difficulty.
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To move, twitch, etc. as from agitation.

His face worked with emotion.

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To change into a specified condition, as by repeated movement.

The door worked loose.

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To cause; bring about; effect.

An idea that worked harm.

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To mold; shape; form.

To work silver.

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To sew, embroider, etc.

To work a sampler.

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To solve (a mathematical problem, puzzle, etc.)
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To draw, paint, carve, etc. (a portrait or likeness)
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To manipulate; knead.

To work dough.

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To bring into a specified condition, as by movement back and forth.

To work a nail loose.

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To cultivate (soil)
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To cause to function; operate; manage; use.

To work a pump.

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To cause fermentation in.
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To cause to work.

To work a crew hard.

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To influence; persuade.

To work someone around to one's way of thinking.

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To make (one's way, passage, etc.) by work or effort.
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To provoke; rouse; excite.

To work oneself into a rage.

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To carry on activity in, along, etc.; cover.

A salesman working his territory.

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To make use of, esp. by artful contriving.

To work one's connections.

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To use one's influence, charm, etc. on (a person) to gain some profit or advantage.
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To move through (a crowd or room) greeting people, shaking hands, etc.
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The transfer of energy from one object to another, especially in order to make the second object move in a certain direction. Work is equal to the amount of force multiplied by the distance over which it is applied. If a force of 10 newtons, for example, is applied over a distance of 3 meters, the work is equal to 30 newtons per meter, or 30 joules. The unit for measuring work is the same as that for energy in any system of units, since work is simply a transfer of energy.
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That which is the result of labor. A work may be written text of any kind, a graphic image, an audio recording, a video clip, a motion picture, choreography, sculpture, a painting, music, architecture or program source code.
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(uncountable) Employment.
  • My work involves a lot of travel.
  • The place where one is employed.
    He hasn't come home yet, he's still at work.
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(uncountable) Effort.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • (thermodynamics) A nonthermal First Law energy in transit between one form or repository and another. Also, a means of accomplishing such transit..
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Product; the result of effort.
  • (uncountable, often in combination) The result of a particular manner of production.
    There's a lot of guesswork involved.
  • (uncountable, often in combination) 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.
  • It is a work of art.
    The poetic works of Alexander Pope.
  • (countable) A fortification.
    William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.
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(uncountable, slang, professional wrestling) The staging of events to appear as real.
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(mining) Ore before it is dressed.

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(intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.
  • Followed by in (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.
  • Followed by as. Said of one's job title.
    I work as a cleaner.
  • Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.
    She works for Microsoft; he works for the president.
  • 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.

He's working in a bar.

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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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To embroider with thread.
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To set into action.

He worked the levers.

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To cause to ferment.
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(intransitive) To ferment.
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To exhaust, by working.

The mine was worked until the last scrap of ore had been extracted.

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He used pliers to work the wire into shape.

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To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.

She works the night clubs; the salesman works the Midwest; this artist works mostly in acrylics.

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To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.
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The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.

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To use or manipulate to one's advantage.

She knows how to work the system.

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To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.

I cannot work a miracle.

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To cause to work.

He is working his servants hard.

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(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.

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(intransitive, figuratively) To influence.

They worked on her to join the group.

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(intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.
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(intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.

His fingers worked with tension.

A ship works in a heavy sea.

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(intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled;

This dough does not work easily; the soft metal works well.

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(with two objects, poetic) To cause (someone) to feel (something).
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A material or piece of material being processed in a machine during manufacture.

Work to be turned in the lathe.

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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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The manner, style, or quality of working or treatment; workmanship.
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Moral or righteous acts or deeds.

Salvation by faith rather than works.

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Of, relating to, designed for, or engaged in work.
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To exert oneself physically or mentally in order to do, make, or accomplish something.
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To be employed; have a job.
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To exert an influence. Used with on or upon .

Worked on her to join the group.

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To arrive at a specified condition through gradual or repeated movement.

The stitches worked loose.

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To proceed or progress slowly and laboriously.

Worked through the underbrush; worked through my problems in therapy.

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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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at work
  • Engaged in labor; working:.
    At work on a new project.
  • In operation:.
    Inflationary forces at work in the economy.
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in the works
  • In preparation; under development:.
    Has a novel in the works.
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out of work
  • Without a job; unemployed.
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put in work
  • To perform labor or duties, as on a specified project:.
    Put in work on the plastering.
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work both sides of the street
  • To engage in double-dealing; be duplicitous.
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work like a charm
  • To function very well or have a very good effect or outcome.
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work (one's) fingers to the bone
  • To labor extremely hard; toil or travail.
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at work
  • Working or engaged in work.
  • Operating.
    Unseen forces were at work on the economy.
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get the works
  • To be the victim of extreme measures.
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give someone the works
  • To murder someone.
  • To subject someone to an ordeal, either maliciously or jokingly.
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in the works
  • In the process of being planned or done.
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make short work of
  • To deal with or dispose of quickly.
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out of work
  • Without a job; unemployed.
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shoot the works
  • To risk everything on one chance or play.
  • To make a supreme effort or attempt.
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the works
  • The working parts or mechanism (of a watch, clock, etc.).
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work in
  • To introduce or insert.
  • To be introduced or inserted.
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work off
  • To get rid of or dissipate, as by exertion.
  • To pay (a debt or obligation) by work rather than with money.
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work on
  • To influence.
  • To try to persuade.
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work out
  • To make its way out, as from being embedded.
  • To exhaust (a mine, etc.).
  • To bring about by work; accomplish.
  • To solve.
  • To calculate.
  • To result in some way.
    Things did not work out as planned.
  • To add up to a total (at a specified amount).
  • To develop; elaborate.
  • To put into practice.
  • To engage in a training session or program for physical fitness or athletic skill.
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work over
  • To work or do again.
  • To subject to harsh or cruel treatment, as by beating, torture, etc.
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work up
  • To make one's (or its) way up; advance; rise.
  • To manipulate, mix, etc. into a specified object or shape.
  • To develop; elaborate.
  • To acquire knowledge of or skill at.
  • To arouse; excite.
  • To bring about or cause (a sweat) by vigorous activity.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of work

  • Middle English from Old English weorc werg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English weorc, worc, from Proto-Germanic *werkÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *wérǵom; akin to Old Frisian werk, wirk, Old Saxon werk, Dutch werk, German Werk, Old High German werc, werah, Icelandic verk, Swedish verk, Danish værk, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌺𐌹 (gawaúrki), Ancient Greek ἔργον (érgon, “work") (from ϝέργον (wergon)), Avestan 𐬬𐬆𐬭𐬆𐬰 (vÉ™rÉ™z, “to work, to perform"), Armenian Õ£Õ¸Ö€Õ® (gorc, “work"), Albanian argëtoj (“entertain, reward, please"). English cognates include bulwark, energy, erg, georgic, liturgy, metallurgy, organ, surgeon, wright.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English wyrÄ‹an, from Proto-Germanic *wurkijanÄ… (“to work"), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- (“to work"). Cognate with Old Frisian werka, wirka, Old Saxon wirkian, Low German warken, Dutch werken, Old High German wurken (German wirken, werken and werkeln), Old Norse yrkja and orka, (Swedish yrka and orka), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌺𐌾𐌰𐌽 (waurkjan).

    From Wiktionary