activity directed toward making or doing something
she checked several points needing further work
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
Synonym: piece of work
the occupation for which you are paid
he is looking for employment|a lot of people are out of work
Synonym: employment
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
Synonym: study
(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
a place where work is done
he arrived at work early today
Synonym: workplace
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
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
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
Synonym: do work
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
Synonym: act
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
Synonym: run, operate, go, function
shape, form, or improve a material
work stone into tools|process iron|work the metal
Synonym: process, work on
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
Synonym: exercise, work out
proceed along a path
work one's way through the crowd|make one's way into the forest
Synonym: make
operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
She works the night clubs|The salesman works the Midwest|This artist works mostly in acrylics
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
move in an agitated manner
His fingers worked with tension
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
Synonym: bring, make for, play, wreak
cause to work
he is working his servants hard
Synonym: put to work
prepare for crops
Work the soil|cultivate the land
Synonym: crop, cultivate
behave in a certain way when handled
This dough does not work easily|The soft metal works well
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 or through
Work the phones
cause to operate or function
This pilot works the controls|Can you work an electric drill?
provoke or excite
The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy
gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
the political candidate worked the crowds
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
Synonym: shape, mould, mold, form, forge
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
make uniform
knead dough|work the clay until it is soft
Synonym: knead
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
Synonym: exploit
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
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
Synonym: ferment
go sour or spoil
The milk has soured|The wine worked|The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
Synonym: turn, sour, ferment
arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times
Antonym: idle