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Definition 1: activity directed toward making or doing something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she checked several points needing further work

(work is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of work ) the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)

(... is a kind of work ) work that involves handling papers: forms or letters or reports etc.

(... is a kind of work ) an organized activity to improve the condition of disadvantaged people in society

(... is a kind of work ) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

"his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

(... is a kind of work ) working as a substitute for someone who is ill or on leave of absence

(... is a kind of work ) the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

(... is a kind of work ) the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

"no medical care was required" "the old car needs constant attention"

(... is a kind of work ) work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

"the duties of the job"

(... is a kind of work ) the organized work of a religious missionary

(... is a kind of work ) dull or routine preliminary work preparing for an undertaking

(... is a kind of work ) work paid for at a rate per unit of time

(... is a kind of work ) any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

"he prepared for great undertakings"

(... is a kind of work ) work to be done at night

(... is a kind of work ) work that is left incomplete

(... is a kind of work ) the work of cutting down trees for timber

(... is a kind of work ) the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field

"the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds" "gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible"

(... is a kind of work ) a damaging piece of work

"dry rot did the job of destroying the barn" "the barber did a real job on my hair"

(... is a kind of work ) the performance of a piece of work

"she did an outstanding job as Ophelia" "he gave it up as a bad job"

(... is a kind of work ) a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work

"the operations in building a house" "certain machine tool operations"

(... is a kind of work ) work done by one person or group that benefits another

"budget separately for goods and services"

(... is a kind of work ) the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it

"the shining of shoes provided a meager living" "every Sunday he gave his car a good polishing"

(... is a kind of work ) difficult work

"the boss hoped the plan would succeed but he wasn't willing to do the heavy lifting"

(... is a kind of work ) the work of a housewife

(... is a kind of work ) the work of cleaning and running a house

(... is a kind of work ) the work of using heat to smooth washed clothes in order to remove any wrinkles

(... is a kind of work ) active work of little value

"while he was waiting he filled the days with busywork"

(... is a kind of work ) work assigned to and done by a student during a course of study; usually it is evaluated as part of the student's grade in the course

Definition 2: the occupation for which you are paid - [noun denoting act]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

"he's not in my line of business"

(... is a kind of work ) employment within a government system (especially in the civil service)

(... is a kind of work ) performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others

"the mayor tried to maintain city services" "the medical services are excellent"

(... is a kind of work ) employment at home while communicating with the workplace by phone or fax or modem

(... is a kind of work ) employment in or work for another

"he retired after 30 years of service"

(... is a kind of work ) the job of a professional coach

(... is a kind of work ) work paid for according to the quantity produced

(... is a kind of work ) work that a person is expected to do in a specified time

(... is a kind of work ) the work of a sailor

(... is a kind of work ) the work of a minister of religion

"he is studying for the ministry"

(... is a kind of work ) employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time

"the play had bookings throughout the summer"

(... is a kind of work ) the job of delivering newspapers regularly

Definition 3: a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

"they improve their product every year" "they export most of their agricultural production"

(... is a kind of work ) a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work

"his new software is a follow-up to the programs they started with"

(... is a kind of work ) work consisting of a piece of metal being machined

(... is a kind of work ) a piece of work that is not yet finished

(... is a kind of work ) work made of wood; especially moldings or stairways or furniture

(... is a kind of work ) work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)

(... is a kind of work ) decorative work made of silver

(... is a kind of work ) a piece of work composed of or decorated in many colors

(... is a kind of work ) ornamental work (such as embroidery or latticework) having a pattern of openings

(... is a kind of work ) the metal parts of something

"there were bullet holes in the metalwork"

(... is a kind of work ) the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman

(... is a kind of work ) work made of leather

(... is a kind of work ) a decorative work made of wood and covered with lacquer and often inlaid with ivory or precious metals

(... is a kind of work ) work consisting of (or resembling) lace fabric

(... is a kind of work ) work made of iron (gratings or rails or railings etc)

"the houses had much ornamental ironwork"

(... is a kind of work ) a work produced by hand labor

(... is a kind of work ) a copy of a printed work offered for distribution

Definition 4: a place where work is done - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he arrived at work early today

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) a point on the surface of the Earth

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace away from a studio at which some or all of a movie may be made

"they shot the film on location in Nevada"

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace where lumber is stocked for sale

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace where oysters are bred and grown

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace for testing new equipment or ideas

(... is a kind of work ) workplace consisting of a long narrow path or shed where rope is made

(... is a kind of work ) workplace consisting of a circular building for repairing locomotives

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace where ships are built or repaired

(... is a kind of work ) workplace consisting of the part of a factory housing the machines

"the productive work is done on the shop floor"

(... is a kind of work ) workplace for the teaching or practice of an art

"she ran a dance studio" "the music department provided studios for their students" "you don't need a studio to make a passport photograph"

(... is a kind of work ) workplace consisting of a room or building where movies or television shows or radio programs are produced and recorded

(... is a kind of work ) workplace where skins and hides are tanned

(... is a kind of work ) a place equipped with instruments for testing (e.g. engines or machinery or computer programs etc.) under working conditions

(... is a kind of work ) workplace where water is stored and purified and distributed for a community

(... is a kind of work ) small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done

(... is a kind of work ) workplace where clothes are washed and ironed

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace for the conduct of scientific research

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace; as in the expression `on the job'

(... is a kind of work ) any workplace where people are very busy

(... is a kind of work ) place where a broker conducts his business

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace where dairy products (butter and cheese etc.) are produced or sold

(... is a kind of work ) workplace that is the site of a drill hole

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members

(... is a kind of work ) workplace consisting of farm buildings and cultivated land as a unit

"it takes several people to work the farm"

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace where fish are caught and processed and sold

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace (usually a pond) where fish are raised for food

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering

(... is a kind of work ) the workplace where coal gas is manufactured

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace where glass is made

(... is a kind of work ) the workplace where iron is smelted or where iron goods are made

(... is a kind of work ) a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold

(work is a part of ...) a room (as at an athletic facility or workplace) where you can change clothes and which contains lockers for the temporary storage of your clothing and personal possessions

Definition 5: the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre
  • Picasso's work can be divided into periods

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) final product; the things produced

(... is a kind of work ) (usually plural) the collected work of an author

"the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"

Definition 6: applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • mastering a second language requires a lot of work
  • no schools offer graduate study in interior design

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

"the child's acquisition of language"

Definition 7: (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 - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • work equals force times distance

(work is a kind of ...) (physics) a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs

"energy can take a wide variety of forms"

(work belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 8: give a workout to - [verb of body]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Some parents exercise their infants
  • My personal trainer works me hard
  • work one's muscles
  • this puzzle will exercise your mind

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) cause to work

"he is working his servants hard"

(... is a kind of work ) cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles

"The coach warmed up the players before the game"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) do physical exercise

"She works out in the gym every day"

Definition 9: arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion - [verb of change]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(work is a kind of ...) enter or assume a certain state or condition

"He became annoyed when he heard the bad news" "It must be getting more serious" "her face went red with anger" "She went into ecstasy" "Get going!"

Definition 10: go sour or spoil - [verb of change]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 11: cause to undergo fermentation - [verb of change]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
  • The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) change the nature, purpose, or function of something

"convert lead into gold" "convert hotels into jails" "convert slaves to laborers"

(... is a kind of work ) convert a juice into wine by fermentation

"vinify grape juice"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) go sour or spoil

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

Definition 12: find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

"She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"

(... is a kind of work ) understand the meaning of

"The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"

(... is a kind of work ) explain a riddle

(... is a kind of work ) arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing

"strike a balance" "strike a bargain"

(... is a kind of work ) guess correctly; solve by guessing

"He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"

(... is a kind of work ) give the correct answer or solution to

"answer a question" "answer the riddle"

(... is a kind of work ) find the solution or key to

"break the code"

(work implies ...) think logically

"The children must learn to reason"

Definition 13: use or manipulate to one's advantage - [verb of consumption]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He exploit the new taxation system
  • She knows how to work the system
  • he works his parents for sympathy

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

(... is a kind of work ) turn to one's advantage

"The environmentalist lobby made hay of the nuclear plant accident"

(... is a kind of work ) use to one's advantage

"She plays on her clients' emotions"

(... is a kind of work ) take or use

"She helped herself to some of the office supplies"

(... is a kind of work ) profit from in an exploitatory manner

"He feeds on her insecurity"

(... is a kind of work ) seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage

"She uses her influential friends to get jobs" "The president's wife used her good connections"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) provoke or excite

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

Definition 14: make uniform - [verb of contact]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • knead dough
  • work the clay until it is soft

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) hold something in one's hands and move it

(... is a kind of work ) knead to reach proper lightness

"proof dough"

(... is a kind of work ) grind and knead

"masticate rubber"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) prepare for crops

"Work the soil" "cultivate the land"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) behave in a certain way when handled

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

Definition 15: perform as expected when applied - [verb of contact]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of work ) do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions

"She doubles as his wife and secretary"

(... is a kind of work ) begin operating or running

"The cameras were rolling" "The presses are already rolling"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) be operating, running or functioning

"The car is still running--turn it off!"

(... is a kind of work ) function as a cutting instrument

"This knife cuts well"

(... is a kind of work ) be used by; as of a utility

"The sewage plant served the neighboring communities" "The garage served to shelter his horses"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) operate in or through

"Work the phones"

Definition 16: move into or onto - [verb of contact]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • work the raisins into the dough
  • the student worked a few jokes into his presentation
  • work the body onto the flatbed truck

(work is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of work ) mix or add by stirring

"Stir nuts into the dough"

Definition 17: shape, form, or improve a material - [verb of creation]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • work stone into tools
  • process iron
  • work the metal

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

"This experience transformed her completely" "She transformed the clay into a beautiful sculpture" "transubstantiate one element into another"

(... is a kind of work ) roll, press, forge, or shape (metal) while hot

(... is a kind of work ) shape (metal) without heat

(... is a kind of work ) use too much

"This play has been overworked"

(... is a kind of work ) use again in altered form

"retread an old plot"

(... is a kind of work ) work on a rack

"rack leather"

(... is a kind of work ) work with a tool

(... is a kind of work ) work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation

"till the soil"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 18: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence - [verb of creation]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I cannot work a miracle
  • wreak havoc
  • bring comments
  • play a joke
  • The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 19: prepare for crops - [verb of creation]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Work the soil
  • cultivate the land

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

"Get the children ready for school!" "prepare for war" "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

(... is a kind of work ) to exhaust by excessive cultivation

"the farmers overcropped the land"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) make uniform

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

(work belongs to category ...) the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock

Definition 20: make something, usually for a specific function - [verb of creation]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She molded the rice balls carefully
  • Form cylinders from the dough
  • shape a figure
  • Work the metal into a sword

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) make from scratch

(... is a kind of work ) form by carving

"Carve a flower from the ice"

(... is a kind of work ) form into a rounded elevation

"mound earth"

(... is a kind of work ) form into a hill

(... is a kind of work ) shape roughly

(... is a kind of work ) shape again or shape differently

(... is a kind of work ) cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting

(... is a kind of work ) form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold

"cast a bronze sculpture"

(... is a kind of work ) make on a potter's wheel

"she threw a beautiful teapot"

(... is a kind of work ) make without a potter's wheel

"This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"

(... is a kind of work ) create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material

"sculpt a swan out of a block of ice"

(... is a kind of work ) form into a shape resembling the final, desired one

(... is a kind of work ) form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand

(... is a kind of work ) form metals with a swage

(... is a kind of work ) form by chipping

"They chipped their names in the stone"

(... is a kind of work ) make or form a layer

"layer the different colored sands"

(... is a kind of work ) form and create by cutting out

"Picasso cut out a guitar from a piece of paper"

(... is a kind of work ) turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery

(... is a kind of work ) shape or form by grinding

"grind lenses for glasses and cameras"

(... is a kind of work ) form or cut out with a mold, form, or die

"stamp needles"

(... is a kind of work ) subject to puddling or form by puddling

"puddle iron"

(... is a kind of work ) shape by beating

"beat swords into ploughshares"

(... is a kind of work ) form in clay, wax, etc

"model a head with clay"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) shape, form, or improve a material

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

Definition 21: gratify and charm, usually in order to influence - [verb of emotion]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the political candidate worked the crowds

(work is a kind of ...) attract; cause to be enamored

"She captured all the men's hearts"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) provoke or excite

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

Definition 22: proceed along a path - [verb of motion]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • work one's way through the crowd
  • make one's way into the forest

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) go across or through

"We passed the point where the police car had parked" "A terrible thought went through his mind"

(... is a kind of work ) move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging

"They clawed their way to the top of the mountain"

(... is a kind of work ) make one's way by jostling, pushing, or shoving

"We had to jostle our way to the front of the platform"

(... is a kind of work ) cut one's way through the woods or bush

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 23: move in an agitated manner - [verb of motion]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His fingers worked with tension

(work is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

Definition 24: provoke or excite - [verb of perception]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(work is a kind of ...) stir feelings in

"stimulate my appetite" "excite the audience" "stir emotions"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

"the political candidate worked the crowds"

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of work ) do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function

"He served as head of the department for three years" "She served in Congress for two terms"

(... is a kind of work ) work independently and on temporary contracts rather than for a long-term employer

(... is a kind of work ) have a customer, of a prostitute

(... is a kind of work ) work under a subcontract; engage in a subcontract

(... is a kind of work ) work very hard, like a slave

(... is a kind of work ) take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place

"Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning"

(... is a kind of work ) work occasionally

"As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks"

(... is a kind of work ) work a second job, usually after hours

"The law student is moonlighting as a taxi driver"

(... is a kind of work ) be a farmer; work as a farmer

"My son is farming in California"

(... is a kind of work ) work hard

"She was digging away at her math homework" "Lexicographers drudge all day long"

(... is a kind of work ) take the place of work of someone on strike

(... is a kind of work ) do military service

"She served in Vietnam" "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted"

(... is a kind of work ) work as a tinker or tinkerer

(... is a kind of work ) work as a driver

"He drives a bread truck" "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"

(... is a kind of work ) assume, as of positions or roles

"She took the job as director of development" "he occupies the position of manager" "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"

(... is a kind of work ) be in the banking business

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) cause to work

"he is working his servants hard"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty

"She works the night clubs" "The salesman works the Midwest" "This artist works mostly in acrylics"

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is working his servants hard

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

(... is a kind of work ) 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"

(... is a kind of work ) cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles

"The coach warmed up the players before the game"

(... is a kind of work ) control a function, process, or creation by a computer

"They computerized the car industry" "we live in a cybernated age" "cybernate a factory"

(... is a kind of work ) put on a rack and pinion

"rack a camera"

(... is a kind of work ) work excessively hard

"he is exploiting the students"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I will work hard to improve my grades
  • she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor

(... is a kind of work ) apply thoroughly; think through

"We worked through an example"

(... is a kind of work ) work together on a common enterprise of project

"The soprano and the pianist did not get together very well" "We joined forces with another research group"

(... is a kind of work ) do volunteer work

(... is a kind of work ) devote oneself to a special area of work

"She specializes in honey bees" "This baker specializes in French bread"

(... is a kind of work ) work as a minister

"She is ministering in an old parish"

(... is a kind of work ) work as an intern

"The young doctor is interning at the Medical Center this year"

(... is a kind of work ) work as the skipper on a vessel

(... is a kind of work ) do useless, wasteful, or trivial work

(... is a kind of work ) work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially

(... is a kind of work ) work as a prostitute

(... is a kind of work ) devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas

"She served the art of music" "He served the church" "serve the country"

(... is a kind of work ) keep busy with

"She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

(... is a kind of work ) work doggedly or persistently

"She keeps plugging away at her dissertation"

(... is a kind of work ) to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something

"the child worked at the multiplication table until she had it down cold"

(... is a kind of work ) do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

"The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"

(... is a kind of work ) work as a carpenter

(... is a kind of work ) work as a clerk, as in the legal business

(... is a kind of work ) work as a page

"He is paging in Congress this summer"

(... is a kind of work ) serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant

"I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"

(... is a kind of work ) do one's share in a common task

"Bob has never pulled his weight, and we all have to work harder to make up for his laziness"

(... is a kind of work ) work actively for a political candidate or a party

"My neighbors are busy electioneering during the Presidential election campaign"

(... is a kind of work ) act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function

(... is a kind of work ) work hard on something

(... is a kind of work ) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty

"She works the night clubs" "The salesman works the Midwest" "This artist works mostly in acrylics"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) attain success or reach a desired goal

"The enterprise succeeded" "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show" "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She works the night clubs
  • The salesman works the Midwest
  • This artist works mostly in acrylics

(work is a kind of ...) 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"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(work is a kind of ...) follow a procedure or take a course

"We should go farther in this matter" "She went through a lot of trouble" "go about the world in a certain manner" "Messages must go through diplomatic channels"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) proceed along a path

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

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The artist's work influenced the young painter
  • She worked on her friends to support the political candidate

Synonyms for work in the sense of this definition

(work is a kind of ...) have an effect upon

"Will the new rules affect me?"

(... is a kind of work ) influence an event or its outcome by illegal means

"fix a race"

(... is a kind of work ) influence by corruption

(... is a kind of work ) win approval or support for

"Carry all before one" "His speech did not sway the voters"

(... is a kind of work ) exert pressure on someone through threats

(... is a kind of work ) influence decisively

"This action swung many votes over to his side"

(... is a kind of work ) modify or bias

"His political ideas color his lectures"

(... is a kind of work ) influence or control shrewdly or deviously

"He manipulated public opinion in his favor"

(... is a kind of work ) have force or influence; bring about an effect or change

"Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"

(... is a kind of work ) establish or impress firmly in the mind

"We imprint our ideas onto our children"

(... is a kind of work ) influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

(... is a kind of work ) be in control

"Her husband completely dominates her"

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Work the phones

(work is a kind of ...) direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.

"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) cause to operate or function

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

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(work is a kind of ...) be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

"I can deal with this crew of workers" "This blender can't handle nuts" "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) operate in or through

"Work the phones"

Definition 34: behave in a certain way when handled - [verb of stative]

Samples where work or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This dough does not work easily
  • The soft metal works well

(work is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(work has a similar meaning as ...) make uniform

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

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