[ US /ˈwɝk/ ]
[ UK /wˈɜːk/ ]
  1. shape, form, or improve a material
    process iron
    work stone into tools
    work the metal
  2. operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
    She works the night clubs
    This artist works mostly in acrylics
    The salesman works the Midwest
  3. be employed
    She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money
    Is your husband working again?
    My wife never worked
    Do you want to work after the age of 60?
    She works as a waitress to put herself through college
  4. proceed along a path
    make one's way into the forest
    work one's way through the crowd
  5. have and exert influence or effect
    She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
    The artist's work influenced the young painter
  6. prepare for crops
    Work the soil
    cultivate the land
  7. behave in a certain way when handled
    The soft metal works well
    This dough does not work easily
  8. perform as expected when applied
    The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in
    This old radio doesn't work anymore
    Does this old car still run well?
  9. have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
    The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water
    This method doesn't work
    The breaks of my new car act quickly
    The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought
    How does your idea work in practice?
  10. exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
    I will work hard to improve my grades
    she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor
  11. operate in or through
    Work the phones
  12. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
    this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out
    Did you get my meaning?
    did you solve the problem?
    did you get it?
    He could not work the math problem
    did you get it?
    Work out your problems with the boss
  13. use or manipulate to one's advantage
    He exploit the new taxation system
    he works his parents for sympathy
    She knows how to work the system
  14. cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
    bring comments
    I cannot work a miracle
    wreak havoc
    play a joke
    The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area
  15. gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
    the political candidate worked the crowds
  16. make something, usually for a specific function
    shape a figure
    Work the metal into a sword
    Form cylinders from the dough
    She molded the rice balls carefully
  17. move in an agitated manner
    His fingers worked with tension
  18. proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
    work your way through every problem or task
    Start from the bottom and work towards the top
    She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived
  19. 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
  20. cause to operate or function
    Can you work an electric drill?
    This pilot works the controls
  21. provoke or excite
    The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy
  22. arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
    The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times
  23. give a workout to
    this puzzle will exercise your mind
    work one's muscles
    My personal trainer works me hard
    Some parents exercise their infants
  24. cause to work
    he is working his servants hard
  25. go sour or spoil
    The wine worked
    The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
    The milk has soured
  26. make uniform
    work the clay until it is soft
    knead dough
  27. cause to undergo fermentation
    The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats
    We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
  1. (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
  2. the occupation for which you are paid
    a lot of people are out of work
    he is looking for employment
  3. activity directed toward making or doing something
    she checked several points needing further work
  4. the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
    he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre
    Picasso's work can be divided into periods
  5. applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
    mastering a second language requires a lot of work
    no schools offer graduate study in interior design
  6. a place where work is done
    he arrived at work early today
  7. a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
    the work of an active imagination
    erosion is the work of wind or water over time
    he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey
    the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work
    it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works
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How To Use work In A Sentence

  • She has certainly branched out into more interesting work in recent years.
  • Due to the bad weather, the building work was already behind schedule.
  • In the meantime Esco workers will be stuck with a bad deal.
  • Some of the crew went off-shift, stringing up hybrid bunks and hammocks belowdecks, the others continued working.
  • He wrote and tcanslaited many fortunate connexion « Mr. Boweai other works, and among the rest being unable to pay the costs in-* wa»the author of one play, called curred by the suit in the Spiritual Biographia dramatica, or, A companion to the playhouse:
  • The speech was brimming with ideas for rewarding work and reducing dependency. Times, Sunday Times
  • In 1850 Joy and Edward Wilson patented twin boilers working in parallel within the same casing.
  • My store-bought long dresses are too "dressy" and made of rayon and other finer fabrics that are not suitable for housework. Sewing Simple Clothing
  • Someone who really wanted to stop unsanctioned immigration would begin here, by busting the small contractors who employ these workers on a contingent basis.
  • He had 112 helpers, many of whom had worked on some of the best fantasy movies of the past decade. Times, Sunday Times
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