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Related / Similar Words: employment, oeuvre, body of work, piece of work, workplace, study, exercise, work out, sour, turn, ferment, solve, figure out, puzzle out, lick, exploit, knead, function, operate, go, run, bring, play, wreak, make for, shape, form, mold, mould, forge, work on, process, cultivate, crop, make, put to work, do work, act, influence, act upon


  • activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work";
  • the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work";
  • 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";
  • 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 Dewe;
  • a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today";
  • 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";
  • (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";
  • give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one''s muscles";
  • arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times";
  • go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out";
  • 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";
  • 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;
  • 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";
  • make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft";
  • 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";
  • 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";
  • 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";
  • 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";
  • shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal";
  • prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land";
  • gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds";
  • move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension";
  • proceed along a path; "work one''s way through the crowd"; "make one''s way into the forest";
  • provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy";
  • 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";
  • cause to work; "he is working his servants hard";
  • 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";
  • 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";
  • cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?";
  • operate in or through; "Work the phones";
  • 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 on;
  • have and exert influence or effect; "The artist''s work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate";
  • operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics";
  • behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well";

    See Also: stage, bring about, arrange, effect, effectuate, set up, induce, bring on, pull off, negociate, bring off, carry off, manage, raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forth


    Hyponyms: wash, washing, lavation, action, job, operation, procedure, service, shining, polishing, heavy lifting, housewifery, housework, housekeeping, ironing, busywork, make-work, logging, loose end, unfinished business, nightwork, paperwork, welfare work, social service, labor, labour, toil, subbing, substituting, investigation, investigating, care, attention, aid, tending, duty, mission, missionary work, spadework, timework, undertaking, project, task, coursework, coaching, coaching job, engagement, booking, seafaring, navigation, sailing, workload, piecework, telecommuting, teleworking, services, public service, paper route, writing, follow-up, followup, handicraft, handcraft, handiwork, handwork, ironwork, lacework, lacquerware, leatherwork, masterpiece, chef-d'oeuvre, metalwork, openwork, silverwork, wicker, wickerwork, caning, woodwork, work in progress, workpiece, publication, bakery, bakeshop, bakehouse, beehive, brokerage house, brokerage, central, telephone exchange, exchange, colliery, pit, creamery, drill site, farm, fishery, piscary, fish farm, forge, smithy, gasworks, glassworks, ironworks, lab, laboratory, research lab, research laboratory, science lab, science laboratory, laundry, lumberyard, oyster bed, oyster bank, oyster park, proving ground, ropewalk, rope yard, roundhouse, shipyard, shop floor, studio, tannery, test bed, waterworks, workshop, shop, warm up, vinify, answer, resolve, riddle, strike, guess, infer, break, make hay, play, avail, help, prey, feed, use, proof, masticate, double, roll, run, cut, serve, stir, carve, swage, upset, chip, machine, stamp, puddle, beat, preform, mound, hill, roughcast, reshape, remold, sinter, cast, mold, mould, throw, handbuild, hand-build, coil, sculpt, sculpture, model, coldwork, cold work, overwork, rework, make over, retread, rack, tool, till, overcrop, overcultivate, claw, jostle, bushwhack, exercise, work out, cybernate, computerize, computerise, exploit, bank, fill, take, drive, tinker, scab, rat, blackleg, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil, moonlight, man, slave, break one's back, buckle down, knuckle down, free-lance, subcontract, turn a trick, work through, run through, go through, putter, mess around, potter, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around, carpenter, clerk, page, wait, pull one's weight, electioneer, assist, beaver, beaver away, work at, work on, plug away, peg away, slog, keep one's nose to the grindstone, keep one's shoulder to the wheel, busy, occupy, collaborate, join forces, cooperate, get together, volunteer, specialize, specialise, minister, intern, skipper, boondoggle, skimp, scant, prejudice, prepossess, imprint, form, militate, manipulate, pull strings, pull wires, color, colour, swing, swing over, blackmail, blackjack, pressure, carry, persuade, sway, get at, dominate


    Grouped Verbs: exercise, work out, ferment, sour, turn, cultivate, crop, run, act, work on, process, shape, form, mold, mould, forge, knead, exploit, make, do work, put to work, function, operate, go, bring, play, wreak, make for


    Entailments: reason


    Derivational Morphology: put to work, do work, act, study, hit the books, learn, read, take, exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout, gymnastic apparatus, exerciser, zymosis, zymolysis, fermentation, fermenting, ferment, souring, solution, problem solver, solver, convergent thinker, answer, result, resolution, solvent, solving, exploitation, victimization, victimisation, using, development, exploiter, user, operation, functioning, performance, procedure, cast, mold, stamp, form, formation, constitution, establishment, organization, organisation, shaping, shape, maker, shaper, process, crop, harvest, cultivation, cultivator, tiller, employment, worker, actor, doer, piece of work, influence


    Language Translations:
    Arabic: عمل/ان يعمل   Croatian: funkcionirati and posao and rad  
    Danish: arbejde and værk and virke   Dutch: werken  
    Esperanto: labori   Finnish: teos and toimia and työ and työskennellä  
    French: marcher and travailler   Frisian: wurk  
    German: arbeiten and funktionieren   Hebrew: עבד  
    Hindi: कामना   Italian: lavoro  
    Japanese: 労力 and 仕事 and 仕事場 and 作品   Korean: and 작품  
    Kurdish: کار   Polish: dzieło and praca and pracować  
    Portuguese: funcionar and trabalhar   Russian: работа and работать  
    Slovene: delo   Slovenian: delati  
    Spanish: funcionar and obra and trabajar and trabajo   Swedish: arbete and fungera and jobba and verk  
    Yiddish: אַרבעט  
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