What does work mean?

Definitions for work

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word work.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. worknoun

    activity directed toward making or doing something

    "she checked several points needing further work"

  2. work, piece of worknoun

    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, worknoun

    the occupation for which you are paid

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

  4. study, worknoun

    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. worknoun

    (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, worknoun

    a place where work is done

    "he arrived at work early today"

  7. oeuvre, work, body of workverb

    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. workverb

    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 workverb

    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, actverb

    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, runverb

    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, processverb

    shape, form, or improve a material

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

  13. exercise, work, work outverb

    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, workverb

    proceed along a path

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

  15. workverb

    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. workverb

    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. workverb

    move in an agitated manner

    "His fingers worked with tension"

  18. bring, work, play, wreak, make forverb

    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 workverb

    cause to work

    "he is working his servants hard"

  20. cultivate, crop, workverb

    prepare for crops

    "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"

  21. workverb

    behave in a certain way when handled

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

  22. influence, act upon, workverb

    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. workverb

    operate in or through

    "Work the phones"

  24. workverb

    cause to operate or function

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

  25. workverb

    provoke or excite

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

  26. workverb

    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

    "the political candidate worked the crowds"

  27. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forgeverb

    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. workverb

    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, workverb

    make uniform

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

  30. exploit, workverb

    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, workverb

    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, workverb

    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, workverb

    go sour or spoil

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

  34. workverb

    arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion

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


  1. worknoun

    Plural form of workman.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Worknoun

    Etymology: weorc , Saxon; work, Dutch

    Bread, correction, and work for a servant. Ecclus. xxxiii.

    In the bottom of some mines in Germany there grow vegetables, which the work-folks say have magical virtue. Francis Bacon.

    The ground, unbid, gives more than we can ask;
    But work is pleasure, when we chuse our task. Dryden.

    All the world is perpetually at work, only that our poor mortal lives should pass the happier for that little time we possess them, or else end the better when we lose them: upon this occasion riches came to be coveted, honours esteemed, friendship pursued, and virtues admired. William Temple.

    It is pleasant to see what work our adversaries make with this innocent canon: sometimes ’tis a mere forgery of hereticks, and sometimes the bishops that met there were not so wise as they should have been. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Round her work she did empale,
    With a fair border wrought of sundry flowers,
    Inwoven with an ivy-winding trail. Edmund Spenser.

    That handkerchief, you gave me: I must take out the work: a likely piece of work, that you should find it in your chamber, and know not who left it there. This is some minx’s token, and I must take out the work? There, give it your hobbyhorse: wheresoever you had it, I’ll take out no work on’t. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Nor was the work impair’d by storms alone,
    But felt th’ approaches of too warm a sun. Alexander Pope.

    The instrumentalness of riches to works of charity, have rendered it necessary in every Christian commonwealth by laws to secure propriety. Henry Hammond.

    As to the composition or dissolution of mixt bodies, which is the chief work of elements, and requires an intire application of the agents, water hath the principality and excess over earth. Digby.

    Nothing lovelier can be found in woman,
    Than good works in her husband to promote. John Milton.

    While as the works of bloody Mars employ’d,
    The wanton youth inglorious peace enjoy’d. Alexander Pope.

    Where is that holy fire, which verse is said
    To have? Is that enchanting force decay’d?
    Verse, that draws nature’s works from nature’s law,
    Thee, her best work, to her work cannot draw. John Donne.

    O fairest of creation! last and best
    Of all God’s works! creature, in whom excels
    Whatever can to sight or thought be form’d;
    Holy, divine, good, amiable, or sweet,
    How art thou lost! John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Let him alone; I’ll go another way to work with him. William Shakespeare.

    It setteth those wits on work in better things, which would be else employed in worse. Richard Hooker.

  2. To Workverb

    Sidelong he works his way. John Milton.

    Through winds, and waves, and storms he works his way,
    Impatient for the battle: one day more
    Will set the victor thundering at our gates. Addison.

    He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why they forbare to work them at that time, and when they left off from working them. Walter Raleigh, Apology.

    The chaos, by the Divine Power, was wrought from one form into another, ’till it settled into an habitable earth. Burn.

    This mint is to work off part of the metals found in the neighbouring mountains. Addison.

    The young men acknowledged in love-letters, sealed with a particular wax, with certain enchanting words wrought upon the seals, that they died for her. Tatler.

    They now begin to work the wond’rous frame,
    To shape the parts, and raise the vital flame. Richard Blackmore.

    The industry of the people works up all their native commodities to the last degree of manufacture. Jonathan Swift.

    So the pure limpid stream, when foul with stains
    Of rushing torrents and descending rains,
    Works itself clear, and, as it runs, refines,
    ’Till by degrees the floating mirrour shines. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    If you would work any man, know his nature and fashions, and so lead him. Francis Bacon.

    To hasten his destruction, come yourself,
    And work your royal father to his ruin. Ambrose Philips.

    Fly the dreadful war,
    That in thyself thy lesser parts do move,
    Outrageous anger, and woe-working jar. Fairy Queen.

    Love worketh no ill to his neighbour. Rom. xiii. 10.

    Our light affliction for a moment worketh for us a far more eternal weight of glory. 2 Cor. iv. 18.

    We might work any effect, not holpen by the co-operation of spirits, but only by the unity of nature. Francis Bacon.

    Moisture, although it doth not pass through bodies without communication of some substance, as heat and cold do, yet it worketh effects by qualifying of the heat and cold. Francis Bacon.

    Such power, being above all that the understanding of man can conceive, may well work such wonders. William Drummond.

    God, only wise, to punish pride of wit,
    Among mens wits hath this confusion wrought;
    As the proud tow’r, whose points the clouds did hit,
    By tongues confusion was to ruin brought. Davies.

    Of the tree,
    Which, tasted, works knowledge of good and evil,
    Thou may’st not: in the day thou eat’st, thou dy’st. John Milton.

    Mere personal valour could not supply want of knowledge in building and working ships. Arbuthnot.

    Now, Marcus, thy virtue’s on the proof;
    Put forth thy utmost strength, work every nerve,
    And call up all thy father in thy soul. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Not only every society, but every single person has enough to do to work out his own salvation. Decay of Piety.

    The mind takes the hint from the poet, and works out the rest by the strength of her own faculties. Addison.

    Tears of joy for your returning spilt,
    Work out and expiate our former guilt. Dryden.

    That which is wanting to work up the pity to a greater height, was not afforded me by the story. Dryden.

    This lake resembles a sea, when worked up by storms. Addis.

    The sun, that rolls his chariot o’er their heads,
    Works up more fire and colour in their cheeks. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    We should inure ourselves to such thoughts, ’till they have worked up our souls into filial awe and love of him. Francis Atterbury.

  3. To WORKverb

    pret. worked, or wrought.

    Etymology: weorcan , Saxon; werken, Dutch.

    Good Kent, how shall I live and work
    To match thy goodness? life will be too short. William Shakespeare.

    Go and work; for no straw shall be given you. Ex. v. 18.

    Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake,
    Our life doth pass, and with time’s wings doth fly. Davies.

    Glory grows guilty of detested crimes,
    When for fame’s sake
    We bend to that the working of the heart. William Shakespeare.

    In Morat your hopes a crown design’d,
    And all the woman work’d within your mind. Dryden.

    May be the Lord will work for us. 1 Sa. xiv. 6.

    Our better part remains
    To work in close design. John Milton.

    They that work in fine flax. Is. xix. 9.

    Into wine and strong beer put some like substances, while they work, which may make them fume and inflame less. Francis Bacon.

    Try the force of imagination upon staying the working of beer, when the barm is put in. Francis Bacon.

    If in the wort of beer, while it worketh, before it be tunned, the burrage be often changed with fresh, it will make a sovereign drink for melancholy. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    With some other business put the king
    From these sad thoughts that work too much upon him. William Shakespeare.

    All things work together for good to them that love God. Rom. viii. 28.

    Gravity worketh weakly, both far from the earth, and also within the earth. Francis Bacon.

    Although the same tribute laid by consent, or by imposing, be all one to the purse, yet it works diversely on the courage: no people overcharged with tribute is fit for empire. Francis Bacon.

    These positive undertakings wrought upon many to think that this opportunity should not be lost. Edward Hyde.

    Nor number, nor example with him wrought
    To swerve from truth, or change his constant mind. John Milton.

    We see the workings of gratitude in the Israelites. South.

    Objects of pity, when the cause is new,
    Would work too fiercely on the giddy crowd. Dryden.

    Poison will work against the stars: beware,
    For ev’ry meal an antidote prepare. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    When this reverence begins to work in him, next consider his temper of mind. John Locke.

    This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he desired to be taught. John Locke.

    Humours and manners work more in the meaner sort than with the nobility. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    The ibibaboca is a foot round, and three yards and a half long: his colours are white, black, and red: of all serpents his bite is the most pernicious, yet worketh the slowest. Nehemiah Grew.

    Without the king’s assent
    You wrought to be a legate. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He hath wrought with God this day. 1 Sa. xiv. 45.

    Work on,
    My medicine, work! thus credulous fools are caught. William Shakespeare.

    I should have doubted the operations of antimony, where such a potion could not work. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    It is benign, nor far from the nature of aliment, into which, upon defect of working, it is oft times converted. Brown.

    Most purges heat a little; and all of them work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, as do fermenting liquors, in warm weather, or in a warm room. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

    Let it be pain of body, or distress of mind, there’s matter yet left for philosophy and constancy to work upon. Roger L'Estrange.

    Natural philosophy has sensible objects to work upon; but then it often puzzles the reader with the intricacy of its notions. Addison.

    The predictions Bickerstaff published, relating to his death, too much affected and worked on his imagination. Jonathan Swift.

    Body shall up to spirit work. John Milton.

    Who would trust chance, since all men have the seeds
    Of good and ill, which should work upward first? Dryden.

    Vex’d by wint’ry storms, Benacus raves,
    Confus’d with working sands and rolling waves. Addison.


  1. Work

    Work is a song recorded by American recording artist Ciara for her third studio album Fantasy Ride (2009). It was released by LaFace Records on July 24, 2009, as the album's fifth and final single. Rapper Missy Elliott provides featured vocals on the song. Ciara and Elliott wrote it in collaboration with its producers Nate "Danja" Hills and Marcella Araica. "Work" is a fast-paced electropop and dance song with elements of house and hip hop. Ciara described it as an energetic club track, and considered it initially as the lead single of Fantasy Ride. "Work" received mixed opinions overall by critics, some of whom called it the album's strongest track and praised its hook, while others regarded the song as unoriginal and disappointing. The single peaked at number 52 on the UK Singles Chart and number 46 in Sweden. In Ireland, it reached number 31, the single's highest peak position on any chart. Melina Matsoukas directed the song's music video, in which Ciara performs with her dancers.


  1. work

    Work can be defined as the physical or mental effort exerted by an individual in order to accomplish a task, achieve a goal, or produce a desired outcome. It involves the application of energy, knowledge, skill, or expertise to complete an assigned duty or responsibility. Work may be performed in various contexts, such as professional, academic, domestic, or recreational, and can encompass a wide range of activities, including manual labor, intellectual pursuits, creative endeavors, or administrative tasks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worknoun

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

  2. Worknoun

    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. Worknoun

    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. Worknoun

    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. Worknoun

    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. Worknoun

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

  7. Worknoun

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

  8. Worknoun

    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. Worknoun

    ore before it is dressed

  10. Worknoun

    performance of moral duties; righteous conduct

  11. Worknoun

    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. Worknoun

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

  13. Worknoun

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

  14. Worknoun

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

  15. Worknoun

    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. Worknoun

    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. Worknoun

    to ferment, as a liquid

  18. Worknoun

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

  19. Workverb

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

  20. Workverb

    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. Workverb

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

  22. Workverb

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

  23. Workverb

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

  24. Workverb

    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. Workverb

    to cause to ferment, as liquor

  26. Etymology: [OE. work, werk, weorc, AS. weorc, worc; akin to OFries. werk, wirk, OS., D., & G. werk, OHG. werc, werah, Icel. & Sw. verk, Dan. vrk, Goth. gawarki, Gr. 'e`rgon, e`rgon, work, "re`zein to do, 'o`rganon an instrument, 'o`rgia secret rites, Zend verez to work. 145. Cf. Bulwark, Energy, Erg, Georgic, Liturgy, Metallurgy, Organ, Orgy, Surgeon, Wright.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Work

    wurk, n. effort directed to an end: employment: the result of work: that on which one works: anything made or done: embroidery: deed: effect: a literary composition: a book: management: an establishment for any manufacture, a factory (gener. in pl.): (physics) the product of a force by the component displacement of its point and application in the direction of the force: (pl.), (fort.) walls, trenches, &c.: (theol.) acts performed in obedience to the Divine law: a manufactory, workshop, place of work (esp. in pl.): mechanism—e.g. of a watch.—v.i. to make efforts to attain anything: to perform: to be in action: to be occupied in business or labour: to produce effects, to make progress with difficulty, to strain or labour: to ferment: to be agitated, to seethe: to embroider.—v.t. to make by labour: to bring into any state by action: to effect: to carry on operations in: to put in motion: to purge: to influence: to manage: to solve: to achieve: to cause to ferment: to provoke, agitate: to keep employed: to embroider:—pa.t. and pa.p. worked or wrought (rawt).—ns. Workabil′ity, Work′ableness.—adjs. Work′able, that may be worked; Work′aday, work-day, toiling, plodding.—ns. Work′-bag, -bas′ket, a bag, basket, for holding materials for work, esp. needlework; Work′-box, a lady's box for holding materials for work; Work′-day, a day for work: a week-day.—adj. pertaining to a work-day.—ns. Work′er, a toiler, performer: among insects, the neuter or undeveloped female; Work′-fell′ow, one who is engaged in the same work with another.—ns.pl. Work′folk, Work′folks, persons engaged in manual labour.—adj. Work′ful, industrious.—ns. Work′girl, a girl or young woman employed in some manual labour; Work′house, a house where any work or manufacture is carried on: a house of shelter for the poor, who are made to work; Work′ing, action, operation: fermentation: (pl.) the parts of a mine, &c., where actual operations are in hand.—adj. active: labouring: connected with labour.—ns. Work′ing-beam, the oscillating lever of a steam-engine connecting the piston-rod and the crank-shaft, a walking-beam; Work′ing-class, manual labourers (often in pl.); Wor′king-day, a day on which work is done, as distinguished from the Sabbath and holidays: the period of actual work each day.—adj. laborious: plodding.—ns. Work′ing-draw′ing, a drawing of the details of a building by which the builders are guided in their work; Work′ing-house (Shak.), workshop; Work′ing-par′ty, a group of persons who do some work in common, or who meet periodically for such a purpose; Work′man, Work′ing-man, a man who works or labours, esp. manually: a skilful artificer.—adjs. Work′man-like, like a workman: becoming a skilful workman: well performed; Work′manly, becoming a skilful workman.—adv. in a manner becoming a skilful workman.—ns. Work′manship, the skill of a workman: manner of making: work done; Work′-mas′ter, a skilled or directing workman, esp. in some great undertaking.—n.pl. Work′-peo′ple, people engaged in labour.—ns. Work′room, a room for working in; Work′shop, a shop where work is done.—adj. Work′some, industrious.—ns. Work′-tā′ble, a small table used by ladies at their needlework; Work′-woman, a woman who makes her living by some manual labour.—Work of art, a production in one of the fine arts; Work double tides, to work through continuous tides, night and day; Work in, to intermix, to make to penetrate; Work into, to make way gradually into: to change, alter; Work off, to separate and throw off, to get rid of, circulate: to produce as by work, esp. to print; Work on, or upon, to act or operate upon, to influence; Work one's passage, to give one's work on board in place of passage-money; Work out, to effect by continued labour: to expiate: to exhaust: to solve or study anything fully out; Work up, to excite, rouse: to create by slow degrees, to expand, elaborate: to use up, as material: (naut.) to set at an irksome or needless task; Work with, to strive to influence by appeals, &c.—Board of Works, the body which has the management and control of public works and buildings, of which the expenses are defrayed from the crown revenues or parliamentary grants; Have one's work cut out, to have one's work prescribed: to have a difficult task before one; Make short work of (see Short); Out of work, out of working order: without employment; Set to work, to employ in some work: to engage in some work; Seven Works of Corporal Mercy, to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, visit prisoners, visit the sick, harbour strangers, bury the dead—of Spiritual Mercy, to convert sinners, instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, console the afflicted, bear wrongs patiently, forgive injuries, pray for the living and the dead. [A.S. weorc; Ice. verk, Ger. werk; further conn. with Gr. ergon.]

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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. workverb

    WORKING a woman who is selling her goodies/sex/soul for cash

  2. worknoun

    Work: Drugs

Editors Contribution

  1. work

    Paid employment or self-employment.

    The work we do effects our perception of life.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

  2. work

    The transfer of energy from a system to a specfic place.

    In physics work is expressed in units.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

  3. work

    To function according to the creation or design.

    The computers do work every day and make life so easy.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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  1. work

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  2. WORK

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WORK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Work is ranked #8599 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Work surname appeared 3,828 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Work.

    91% or 3,484 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 114 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 77 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 76 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 45 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 32 total occurrences were Asian.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of work in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of work in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of work in a Sentence

  1. Rand Paul:

    Now there are people who cannot work. But frankly, if your back hurts, you can work in a call center, all right? There's a lot of different jobs, there are people who are paralyzed, quadriplegic, kidney dialysis, amputees who can't work. I understand that. There's going to be some people. But almost everybody who can work should work.

  2. Vince Lombardi:

    Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

  3. Scott Cohen:

    If you've seen someone who's going to Sri Lanka for work and has posted a beautiful picture of Sri Lanka for work on Instagram, you've sat at your desk and thought to yourself :' Wouldn't Sri Lanka for work be fantastic if I could travel for work as well,' sri Lanka for work's the glamorized side that's entirely missing out these darker aspects.

  4. Strugatsky:

    When I feel bad, I work. When I have problems, when I'm depressed, when I'm bored with life, I sit down to my work. There are probably other prescriptions, but I don't know them. Or they don't work for me. You want my advice -- here it is Go and work. Thank God that people like you and me need only paper and pencil to work.

  5. Matt Lucas:

    So, we are saying don't go to work, go to work, don't take public transport, go to work, don't go to work, stay indoors, if you can work from home go to work, don't go to work.

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