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Definitions of work

  1. To labour; to be occupied in performing manual labour; to act; to carry on operations; to operate; to carry on business; to be customarily employed; to produce effects by action or influence; to ferment; to act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic; to labour; to strain; to move heavily; to be tossed or agitated; to enter by working. To work on, to act on; to influence. To work up, to make way. To work to windward, to sail or ply against the wind. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To cause to ferment, as liquor. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To make, fashion, or shape; to cause; as, to work confusion; to manage or operate; to set or keep in motion; to cause to labor; to accomplish with effort; to excite or provoke; to influence or control. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To make by labor: to bring into any state by action: to effect: to influence: to manage: to solve: to cause to ferment: to embroider:-pa.t. and pa.p. worked or wrought (rawt). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To make by labor; effect; manage; solve; embroider. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To expend labor on. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To cause to act, labor, or produce; influence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To investigate or solve, as a problem. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To put out mental or physical effort for some purpose; to toil or labor; to act or operate; to be occupied in some business or profession; to progress or move, etc., slowly and with difficulty; to ferment, as wine. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To make efforts to attain anything: to perform: to be in action: to be occupied in business or labor: to produce effects: to strain or labor: to ferment. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To perform; labor; produce effects; ferment. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. cause to work; "he is working his servants hard" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. To labor; toil. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To make progress; be effective; move. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To ferment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To move; to stir and mix; to form by labour; to mould, shape or manufacture; to influence by acting upon; to lead; to make by action, labour or violence; to produce by action, labour or exertion; to embroider; to direct the movements of, by adapting the sails to the wind; to put to labour; to exert; to cause to ferment, as liquor. To work out, to effect by labour and exertion; to solve. To work up, to raise; to excite; to expend in any work, as materials. To work into, to insinuate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. Working. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. Walls, trenches, and the like, made for fortifications; moral duties or external performances, as distinct from grace. To set to work, or to set on work, to employ; to engage in any business. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. A manufacturing or other industrial establishment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Running-gear. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  37. activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  41. gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  42. move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  43. proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  44. provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  45. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  46. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  47. cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  48. operate in or through; "Work the phones" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  49. 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". Wordnet Dictionary DB
  50. operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  51. Break; twist. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. The causing of motion against a resisting force, measured by the product of the force into the component of the motion resolved along the direction of the force. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. Ore before it is dressed. Newage Dictionary DB
  54. Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physically labor. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. The moving parts of a mechanism; as, the works of a watch. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil. Webster Dictionary DB
  67. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. To ferment, as a liquid. Webster Dictionary DB
  69. To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic. Webster Dictionary DB
  70. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  71. Physical or mental effort directed to some end or purpose; toil or labor; occupation or employment; a task or duty; something accomplished; a work of art; motion accomplished against a force tending to resist it; in physcics, the product of the force acting on a body and the distance the body is moved in line with the force. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  72. Worker. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  73. Effort directed to an end: the result of work: that on which one works: anything made or done: deed: effect: a literary composition: a book: management:-pl. (fort.) walls, trenches, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  74. Labor; employment; anything produced by working; book; effect; performance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  75. Worked, wrought. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  76. Manual labor; occupation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  77. An undertaking; task. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  78. That which is produced by labor. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  79. An exertion of strength for accomplishing some end or object; manual labour; state of labour; employment; occupation; an undertaking; that which is made or done; embroidery; flowers or figures wrought with the needle; any fabric or manufacture; the matter on which one is at work; some important deed; exploit; operation; effect; resistance overcome that which proceeds from agency; management; treatment; that which is produced by mental labour; a composition; a book; a place of manufacture. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  80. Physical or mental labour; something produced by toil, whether mental or bodily; an engineering structure; a production of art; operation; employment; labour; the operation of sewing; figures wrought with the needle; action; treatment or management; a literary production; feat; achievement. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  81. Worked or wrought. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for work

  1. She must work too; work was a good thing. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  2. But there's work before us! – The Madness of May by Meredith Nicholson
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