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  • n  activity directed toward making or doing something
    she checked several points needing further work
  • n  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
  • n  the occupation for which you are paid
    a lot of people are out of work
  • n  applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
    mastering a second language requires a lot of work
  • n  (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
  • n  a place where work is done
    he arrived at work early today
  • n  the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
    Picasso's work can be divided into periods
  • v  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
  • v  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
  • v  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 medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water
  • v  perform as expected when applied
    This old radio doesn't work anymore
  • v  shape, form, or improve a material
    work stone into tools
    work the metal
  • v  give a workout to
    My personal trainer works me hard
    work one's muscles
  • v  proceed along a path
    work one's way through the crowd
  • v  operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
    She works the night clubs
    The salesman works the Midwest
    This artist works mostly in acrylics
  • v  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
  • v  move in an agitated manner
    His fingers worked with tension
  • v  cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
    I cannot work a miracle
  • v  cause to work
    he is working his servants hard
  • v  prepare for crops
  • v  behave in a certain way when handled
    This dough does not work easily
    The soft metal works well
  • v  have and exert influence or effect
    The artist's work influenced the young painter
    She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
  • v  operate in or through
  • v  cause to operate or function
    This pilot works the controls
    Can you work an electric drill?
  • v  provoke or excite
    The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy
  • v  gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
    the political candidate worked the crowds
  • v  make something, usually for a specific function
  • v  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
  • v  make uniform
    work the clay until it is soft
  • v  use or manipulate to one's advantage
    She knows how to work the system
    he works his parents for sympathy
  • v  find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
    this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out
    He could not work the math problem
  • v  cause to undergo fermentation
    The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats
  • v  go sour or spoil
    The wine worked
  • v  arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
    The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times
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  • n  a horizontal board that provides a supported surface for manual work
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  • n  occasion when workers continue to work as a protest against e.g. proposed dismissal or closure of the factory
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  • n  heavy-duty shirts worn for manual or physical work
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work-study program
  • n  an educational plan in which students alternate between paid employment and formal study
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work camp
  • n  a camp for trustworthy prisoners employed in government projects
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work load
  • n  work that a person is expected to do in a specified time
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work of art
  • n  art that is a product of one of the fine arts (especially a painting or sculpture of artistic merit)
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work papers
  • n  a legal document giving information required for employment of certain people in certain countries
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work permit
  • n  a legal document giving information required for employment of certain people in certain countries
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