An example of work is a day spent preparing soil for planting.
An example of work is a job as an accountant.
An example of work is someone having plumbing done at their house.
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.
An example of work is digging a ditch.
Worked the controls; can work a lathe.
The works of a watch.
Her mouth worked with fear.
Not all metals work easily.
The gears work against each other.
Work a sampler.
Work the dough before shaping it.
Finally worked the window open; worked the slaves to death.
Worked her way to the top; worked his passage on the ship.
Worked it so that her weekends are free.
Work a farm.
Works his laborers hard.
Worked the mob into a frenzy.
- 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.
Let it work in their minds.
Putty that works easily.
His face worked with emotion.
The door worked loose.
An idea that worked harm.
To work silver.
To work a sampler.
To work dough.
To work a nail loose.
To work a pump.
To work a crew hard.
To work someone around to one's way of thinking.
To work oneself into a rage.
A salesman working his territory.
To work one's connections.
- 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.
- (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.
- 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.
- She works for Microsoft; he works for the president.
- 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.
He is working his servants hard.
Work to be turned in the lathe.
Salvation by faith rather than works.
Worked on her to join the group.
The stitches worked loose.
Worked through the underbrush; worked through my problems in therapy.
The agent who works that area; working the phones for donations.
- Engaged in labor; working:.At work on a new project.
- In operation:.Inflationary forces at work in the economy.
- In preparation; under development:.Has a novel in the works.
- Without a job; unemployed.
- To perform labor or duties, as on a specified project:.Put in work on the plastering.
- To engage in double-dealing; be duplicitous.
- To function very well or have a very good effect or outcome.
- To labor extremely hard; toil or travail.
- Working or engaged in work.
- Operating.Unseen forces were at work on the economy.
- To be the victim of extreme measures.
- To murder someone.
- To subject someone to an ordeal, either maliciously or jokingly.
- In the process of being planned or done.
- To deal with or dispose of quickly.
- Without a job; unemployed.
- To risk everything on one chance or play.
- To make a supreme effort or attempt.
- The working parts or mechanism (of a watch, clock, etc.).
- To introduce or insert.
- To be introduced or inserted.
- To get rid of or dissipate, as by exertion.
- To pay (a debt or obligation) by work rather than with money.
- To influence.
- To try to persuade.
- 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.
- To work or do again.
- To subject to harsh or cruel treatment, as by beating, torture, etc.
- 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.
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 *wÃ©rÇµom; akin to Old Frisian werk, wirk, Old Saxon werk, Dutch werk, German Werk, Old High German werc, werah, Icelandic verk, Swedish verk, Danish vÃ¦rk, Gothic ðŒ²ðŒ°ð…ðŒ°ðŒ¿ð‚ðŒºðŒ¹ (gawaÃºrki), Ancient Greek á¼”ÏÎ³Î¿Î½ (Ã©rgon, “work") (from ÏÎÏÎ³Î¿Î½ (wergon)), Avestan ð¬¬ð¬†ð¬ð¬†ð¬° (vÉ™rÉ™z, “to work, to perform"), Armenian Õ£Õ¸Ö€Õ® (gorc, “work"), Albanian argÃ«toj (“entertain, reward, please"). English cognates include bulwark, energy, erg, georgic, liturgy, metallurgy, organ, surgeon, wright.
- From Old English wyrÄ‹an, from Proto-Germanic *wurkijanÄ… (“to work"), from Proto-Indo-European *werÇµ- (“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 ð…ðŒ°ðŒ¿ð‚ðŒºðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (waurkjan).