Definition of Work

1. Noun. Activity directed toward making or doing something. "She checked several points needing further work"

2. Verb. Exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity. "Sam and Sue work"; "She worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

3. Noun. A product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing. "Erosion is the work of wind or water over time"

4. Verb. Be employed. "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

5. Noun. The occupation for which you are paid. "A lot of people are out of work"

6. Verb. Have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected. "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
Exact synonyms: Act
Related verbs: Bring, Make For, Play, Wreak
Generic synonyms: Bring Home The Bacon, Come Through, Deliver The Goods, Succeed, Win
Derivative terms: Workable

7. Noun. Applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading). "No schools offer graduate study in interior design"
Exact synonyms: Study
Generic synonyms: Acquisition, Learning
Derivative terms: Studious, Study, Study, Study

8. Verb. Perform as expected when applied. "These cars won't work "; "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
Exact synonyms: Function, Go, Operate, Run
Specialized synonyms: Double, Roll, Run, Cut, Serve, Service
Related verbs: Run
Derivative terms: Functioning, Operant, Operation, Operation, Operative
Antonyms: Malfunction

9. Noun. (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"
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Energy, Free Energy

10. Verb. Shape, form, or improve a material. "Work the metal"
Exact synonyms: Process, Work On
Generic synonyms: Transform, Transmute, Transubstantiate
Related verbs: Forge, Form, Mold, Mould, Shape
Specialized synonyms: Hot-work, Cold Work, Coldwork, Overwork, Make Over, Retread, Rework, Rack, Tool, Till
Derivative terms: Process, Workable

11. Noun. A place where work is done. "He arrived at work early today"

12. Verb. Give a workout to. "They work the animals"; "This puzzle will exercise your mind"
Exact synonyms: Exercise, Work Out
Causes: Exercise, Work Out
Related verbs: Exercise, Work Out
Specialized synonyms: Warm Up
Generic synonyms: Put To Work
Derivative terms: Exercise, Exerciser, Workout

13. Noun. The total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it). "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
Exact synonyms: Body Of Work, Oeuvre
Generic synonyms: End Product, Output
Specialized synonyms: Writing

14. Verb. Proceed along a path. "They work up the hill"; "Make one's way into the forest"
Exact synonyms: Make
Specialized synonyms: Claw, Jostle, Bushwhack
Generic synonyms: Go Across, Go Through, Pass

15. Verb. Operate in a certain place, area, or specialty. "They work in the city"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
Related verbs: Do Work

16. Verb. Proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity. "Start from the bottom and work towards the top"
Related verbs: Make
Generic synonyms: Go, Move, Proceed

17. Verb. Move in an agitated manner. "His fingers worked with tension"
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

18. Verb. Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence. "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"
Exact synonyms: Bring, Make For, Play, Wreak
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Related verbs: Act
Also: Bring Off, Bring On, Bring Up
Derivative terms: Workable

19. Verb. Cause to work. "They work the animals"; "He is working his servants hard"
Exact synonyms: Put To Work
Specialized synonyms: Exercise, Work Out, Warm Up, Computerise, Computerize, Cybernate, Rack, Exploit, Overwork
Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize
Causes: Do Work
Related verbs: Do Work

20. Verb. Prepare for crops. "Cultivate the land"
Exact synonyms: Crop, Cultivate
Category relationships: Agriculture, Farming, Husbandry
Generic synonyms: Fix, Gear Up, Prepare, Ready, Set, Set Up
Related verbs: Knead
Specialized synonyms: Overcrop, Overcultivate
Derivative terms: Crop, Cultivation, Cultivator

21. Verb. Behave in a certain way when handled. "The soft metal works well"
Related verbs: Knead
Generic synonyms: Be

22. Verb. Have and exert influence or effect. "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

23. Verb. Operate in or through. "Work the phones"
Related verbs: Function, Go, Operate, Run
Generic synonyms: Operate, Run

24. Verb. Cause to operate or function. "Can you work an electric drill?"
Generic synonyms: Care, Deal, Handle, Manage
Derivative terms: Workable

25. Verb. Provoke or excite. "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
Related verbs: Exploit
Generic synonyms: Excite, Stimulate, Stir

26. Verb. Gratify and charm, usually in order to influence. "The political candidate worked the crowds"

27. Verb. Make something, usually for a specific function. "Work the metal into a sword"

28. Verb. Move into or onto. "Work the body onto the flatbed truck"
Specialized synonyms: Stir
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

29. Verb. Make uniform. "Work the clay until it is soft"
Exact synonyms: Knead
Generic synonyms: Manipulate
Specialized synonyms: Proof, Masticate
Related verbs: Crop, Cultivate

30. Verb. Use or manipulate to one's advantage. "He works his parents for sympathy"
Exact synonyms: Exploit
Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize
Specialized synonyms: Make Hay, Play, Avail, Help, Feed, Prey, Use
Derivative terms: Exploitation, Exploitation, Exploitative, Exploitatory, Exploiter, Exploitive

31. Verb. Find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of. "He could not work the math problem"
Exact synonyms: Figure Out, Lick, Puzzle Out, Solve, Work Out
Generic synonyms: Understand
Entails: Reason
Specialized synonyms: Answer, Resolve, Riddle, Strike, Guess, Infer, Answer, Break
Derivative terms: Solution, Solvent, Solver, Solving, Workable

32. Verb. Cause to undergo fermentation. "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
Exact synonyms: Ferment
Generic synonyms: Convert
Causes: Ferment, Sour, Turn
Related verbs: Ferment, Sour, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Vinify
Derivative terms: Ferment, Ferment, Fermentation, Fermenting

33. Verb. Go sour or spoil. "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
Exact synonyms: Ferment, Sour, Turn
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Related verbs: Ferment
Derivative terms: Ferment, Ferment, Fermentation, Souring

34. Verb. Arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion. "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
Generic synonyms: Become, Get, Go

Definition of Work

1. n. Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physical labor.

2. v. i. 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.

3. v. t. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.

4. n. Break; twist.

5. n. Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physical labor.

6. v. i. 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.

7. v. t. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.

8. n. Break; twist.

Definition of Work

1. Noun. Labour, employment, occupation, job. ¹

2. Noun. The place where one is employed. ¹

3. Noun. Effort expended on a particular task. ¹

4. Noun. (uncountable often in combination) The result of a particular manner of production. ¹

5. Noun. (uncountable often in combination) Something produced using the specified material or tool. ¹

6. Noun. A literary, artistic, or intellectual production. ¹

7. Noun. (uncountable physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move. ¹

8. Noun. (uncountable thermodynamics) A nonthermal First Law energy in transit between one form or repository and another. Also, a means of accomplishing such transit.[ See ¹

9. Noun. A fortification. ¹

10. Noun. (uncountable slang professional wrestling) The staging of events to appear as real. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To effect by gradual degrees. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To embroider with thread. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To set into action. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive Zymurgy) To cause to ferment. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive) To exhaust, by working. ¹

17. Verb. (transitive) To shape, form, or improve a material. ¹

18. Verb. (transitive) To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality. ¹

19. Verb. (transitive) To operate in or through; as, to work the phones. ¹

20. Verb. (transitive) To provoke or excite; to influence. ¹

21. Verb. (transitive) To use or manipulate to one’s advantage. ¹

22. Verb. (transitive) To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence. ¹

23. Verb. (transitive) To cause to work. ¹

24. Verb. (intransitive) To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for. ¹

25. Verb. (intransitive figuratively) To influence. ¹

26. Verb. (intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth. ¹

27. Verb. (intransitive) To move in an agitated manner. ¹

28. Verb. (intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled; ¹

29. Verb. (ditransitive) To cause (someone) to feel ¹

30. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To hurt; to ache. ¹

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Definition of Work

1. to exert one's powers of body or mind for some purpose [v WORKED or WROUGHT, WORKING, WORKS]

Medical Definition of Work

1. Energy transferred by mechanical means, force acting over a distance. For chemical systems the sign for work is positive, if work is done on the system and negative, if work is done by the system. An example is the expansion of a gas against the external, atmospheric pressure. In this case work is negative, because it is done by the gas which represents the system. (09 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Work

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wore the trousers
wore thin
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