Definitions for workwɜrk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

work*wɜrk(n.; adj.; v.)worked; wrought; working.

  1. (n.)exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.

  2. something on which exertion or labor is expended; a task or undertaking.

  3. productive or operative activity, esp. employment to earn one's living:

    to look for work.

  4. one's place of employment:

    Don't phone me at work.

  5. materials, things, etc., on which one is working or is to work.

  6. the result of exertion, labor, or activity; a deed, performance, or product.

  7. an engineering structure, as a building or bridge.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  8. a building, wall, trench, or the like, constructed or made as a means of fortification.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  9. works, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a place or establishment for manufacturing (often used in combination): the working parts of a machine: Theol. righteous deeds.


    the works of a watch.

    Category: Machinery

  10. Physics.the transfer of energy, as measured by the scalar product of a force and the distance through which it acts.

    Category: Physics

  11. the works, everything; all related items or matters: harsh or cruel treatment.

    a hamburger with the works.

    Category: Informal

  12. (adj.)of, for, or concerning work:

    work clothes.

  13. (v.i.)to do work; labor.

  14. to be employed, esp. as a means of earning one's livelihood.

  15. to be in operation; be functional, as a machine or system:

    The elevators are working again.

  16. to act or operate effectively:

    This plan works.

  17. to attain a specified condition, as by repeated movement:

    The nails worked loose.

  18. to have an effect or influence, as on a person or on a person's mind or feelings.

  19. to move in agitation, as the features under strong emotion.

  20. to make way with effort or under stress:

    The ship works to windward.

  21. to ferment, as a liquid.

    Category: Chemistry

  22. Naut. to give slightly at the joints, as a vessel under strain at sea.

    Category: Nautical

  23. (v.t.)to use, manage, or operate (an apparatus, contrivance, etc.).

  24. to bring about (any result) by or as if by work or effort:

    to work a change.

  25. to manipulate or treat by labor:

    to work butter.

  26. to put into effective operation.

  27. to make (a mine, farm, etc.) productive.

  28. to carry on operations or activity in (a district or region):

    That salesman works the Northeast.

  29. to make, fashion, or execute by work.

  30. to achieve or win by work or effort.

  31. to keep at work:

    to work one's employees hard.

  32. to solve (a puzzle or arithmetic problem).

  33. to cause a strong emotion in:

    to work a crowd into a frenzy.

  34. to influence or persuade, esp. insidiously:

    to work other people to one's will.

  35. to use to one's advantage:

    He worked his charm in landing a new job.

    Category: Informal

  36. to make or decorate by needlework or embroidery.

    Category: Clothing

  37. to cause fermentation in.

  38. work in or into, to blend in. to include after some effort:

    Try to work me into your schedule.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  39. work off, to lose or dispose of, as by exercise or labor: to pay or fulfill by working:

    to work off a heavy meal with a long walk.

    to work off a debt.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  40. work on or upon, to exercise influence on; persuade.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  41. work out, to bring about by work, effort, or action. to solve, as a problem. to arrive at by or as if by calculation. to pay or fulfill by working; work off. to exhaust, as a mine. to issue in a result. to evolve; elaborate. (of a total, specified figure, etc.) to amount; add up: to prove effective or successful: to practice, exercise, or train, esp. in an athletic sport:

    The total works out to 176.

    Their marriage just didn't work out.

    boxers working out at a gym.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  42. work over, to study or examine thoroughly. to beat unsparingly.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  43. work through, to deal with successfully; come to terms with.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  44. work up, to move or stir the feelings of; excite. to prepare; elaborate: to cause to develop by exertion:

    Work up a proposal.

    to work up an appetite.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for work:

  1. at work, working, as at one's job. in action or operation:

    machines at work.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in the works, in preparation or being planned.

    Category: Idiom

  3. out of work, unemployed; jobless.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: work , drudgery , labor , toil refer to exertion of body or mind in performing or accomplishing something. work is a general word that refers to exertion that is either easy or hard: pleasurable work; backbreaking work.drudgery suggests continuous, dreary, and dispiriting work, esp. of a menial or servile kind: Cleaning these blinds is sheer drudgery.labor denotes hard manual work, esp. for wages: Repairing the bridge will require months of labor.toil suggests wearying or exhausting labor: The farmer's health was failing from constant toil.

Origin of work:

bef. 900; (n.) ME worke, OE worc, r. ME werk(e), OE weorc, c. OFris, OS werk, OHG werah, werc, ON verk, Gk érgon

Princeton's WordNet

  1. work(noun)

    activity directed toward making or doing something

    "she checked several points needing further work"

  2. work, piece of work(noun)

    a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing

    "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. employment, work(noun)

    the occupation for which you are paid

    "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"

  4. study, work(noun)

    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"

  5. work(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

    "work equals force times distance"

  6. workplace, work(noun)

    a place where work is done

    "he arrived at work early today"

  7. oeuvre, work, body of work(verb)

    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"

  8. work(verb)

    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"

  9. work, do work(verb)

    be employed

    "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"

  10. work, act(verb)

    have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected

    "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"

  11. function, work, operate, go, run(verb)

    perform as expected when applied

    "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"

  12. work, work on, process(verb)

    shape, form, or improve a material

    "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"

  13. exercise, work, work out(verb)

    give a workout to

    "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"; "this puzzle will exercise your mind"

  14. make, work(verb)

    proceed along a path

    "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"

  15. work(verb)

    operate in a certain place, area, or specialty

    "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"

  16. work(verb)

    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"

  17. work(verb)

    move in an agitated manner

    "His fingers worked with tension"

  18. bring, work, play, wreak, make for(verb)

    cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

    "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"

  19. work, put to work(verb)

    cause to work

    "he is working his servants hard"

  20. cultivate, crop, work(verb)

    prepare for crops

    "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"

  21. work(verb)

    behave in a certain way when handled

    "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"

  22. influence, act upon, work(verb)

    have and exert influence or effect

    "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

  23. work(verb)

    operate in or through

    "Work the phones"

  24. work(verb)

    cause to operate or function

    "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"

  25. work(verb)

    provoke or excite

    "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"

  26. work(verb)

    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

    "the political candidate worked the crowds"

  27. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge(verb)

    make something, usually for a specific function

    "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"

  28. work(verb)

    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"

  29. knead, work(verb)

    make uniform

    "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"

  30. exploit, work(verb)

    use or manipulate to one's advantage

    "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"

  31. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work(verb)

    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

    "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"

  32. ferment, work(verb)

    cause to undergo fermentation

    "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"

  33. sour, turn, ferment, work(verb)

    go sour or spoil

    "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

  34. work(verb)

    arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion

    "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. work(verb)ɜrk

    to do a job for which you are paid

    I work for a large multi-national organization.; Does he work in advertising?; During summer vacation she works as a lifeguard.

  2. workɜrk

    (of a machine, device, etc.) to be operating correctly

    The TV just stopped working.

  3. workɜrk

    to be successful

    It's a good idea that might work.; That didn't work - let's try again.

  4. workɜrk

    to put time and effort into trying to achieve sth

    I've been working on this paper all day.

  5. workɜrk

    to operate a piece of equipment

    Can you show me how to work the food processor?

  6. workɜrk

    to move gradually

    He wiggled the key and finally worked it free.

  7. work(noun)ɜrk

    a job that you do for payment

    I'm looking for work.

  8. workɜrk

    not having a job

    She's been out of work for some time.

  9. workɜrk

    an activity that takes time and energy

    I have a lot of work to do at the office.; It's hard work bringing up four kids on your own.

  10. workɜrk

    to start doing some work

    They got to work as soon as it was light.

  11. workɜrk

    sb's place of employment

    I didn't leave work until 6 p.m.; She's at work all day.

  12. workɜrk

    a piece of writing, art, music, etc. that sb produces

    the artist's latest work; I don't believe this is his best work.; the works of Arthur Miller

  13. workɜrk

    a painting, drawing, etc.

    works of art on display at the museum

  14. workɜrk

    the building or repairing of sth

    We're having some work done on the house.; road work causing delays


  1. work(Noun)

    Plural form of workman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Work(noun)

    exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physically labor

  2. Work(noun)

    the matter on which one is at work; that upon which one spends labor; material for working upon; subject of exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to take up one's work; to drop one's work

  3. Work(noun)

    that which is produced as the result of labor; anything accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance; fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed, service, effect, result, achievement, feat

  4. Work(noun)

    specifically: (a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition; a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison. (b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the needle; embroidery

  5. Work(noun)

    structures in civil, military, or naval engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches, fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron works; locomotive works; gas works

  6. Work(noun)

    the moving parts of a mechanism; as, the works of a watch

  7. Work(noun)

    manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect

  8. Work(noun)

    the causing of motion against a resisting force. The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by, the product of the force into the amount of motion along the direction of the force. See Conservation of energy, under Conservation, Unit of work, under Unit, also Foot pound, Horse power, Poundal, and Erg

  9. Work(noun)

    ore before it is dressed

  10. Work(noun)

    performance of moral duties; righteous conduct

  11. Work(noun)

    to exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like

  12. Work(noun)

    hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well

  13. Work(noun)

    hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce

  14. Work(noun)

    to carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil

  15. Work(noun)

    to be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea

  16. Work(noun)

    to make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; -- with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth

  17. Work(noun)

    to ferment, as a liquid

  18. Work(noun)

    to act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic

  19. Work(verb)

    to labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor

  20. Work(verb)

    to produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth

  21. Work(verb)

    to produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion

  22. Work(verb)

    to influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead

  23. Work(verb)

    to form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin

  24. Work(verb)

    to set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine

  25. Work(verb)

    to cause to ferment, as liquor


  1. Work

    In physics, a force is said to do work when it acts on a body so that there is a displacement of the point of application, however small, in the direction of the force. Thus a force does work when it results in movement. The term work was introduced in 1826 by the French mathematician Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis as "weight lifted through a height", which is based on the use of early steam engines to lift buckets of water out of flooded ore mines. The SI unit of work is the newton-metre or joule. The work done by a constant force of magnitude F on a point that moves a displacement d in the direction of the force is the product, For example, if a force of 10 newton acts along point that travels 2 metres, then it does the work W = = 20 N m = 20 J. This is approximately the work done lifting a 1 kg weight from ground to over a person's head against the force of gravity. Notice that the work is doubled either by lifting twice the weight the same distance or by lifting the same weight twice the distance.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. work

    1. That which keeps us out of trouble. 2. A plan of God to circumvent the Devil.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Work

    Productive or purposeful activities.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Work

    When a force acts upon a body and the body moves in the direction of the force, the force does work. Hence, work is the action of a force through space against resistance. It is generally expressed in compound units of length and weight, as foot-pounds, meaning a pound raised one foot.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'work' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #127

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'work' in Written Corpus Frequency: #196

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'work' in Nouns Frequency: #11

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'work' in Verbs Frequency: #30

Translations for work

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


effort made in order to achieve or make something

He has done a lot of work on this project

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