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'work' - used as a noun
1. activity directed toward making or doing something
she checked several points needing further work
2. 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
3. the occupation for which you are paid
a lot of people are out of work
4. applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
mastering a second language requires a lot of work
5. the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
Picasso's work can be divided into periods
6. a place where work is done
he arrived at work early today
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
work equals force times distance

'work' - used as a verb
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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 medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water
11. perform as expected when applied
This old radio doesn't work anymore
12. shape, form, or improve a material
work stone into tools
work the metal
13. give a workout to
My personal trainer works me hard
work one's muscles
14. proceed along a path
work one's way through the crowd
15. operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
She works the night clubs
The salesman works the Midwest
This artist works mostly in acrylics
16. 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
17. move in an agitated manner
His fingers worked with tension
18. cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
I cannot work a miracle
19. cause to work
he is working his servants hard
20. prepare for crops
Work the soil
21. behave in a certain way when handled
This dough does not work easily
The soft metal works well
22. have and exert influence or effect
The artist's work influenced the young painter
She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
23. operate in or through
Work the phones
24. cause to operate or function
This pilot works the controls
Can you work an electric drill?
25. provoke or excite
The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy
26. gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
the political candidate worked the crowds
27. make something, usually for a specific function
Work the metal into a sword
28. 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
29. make uniform
work the clay until it is soft
30. use or manipulate to one's advantage
She knows how to work the system
he works his parents for sympathy
31. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
Work out your problems with the boss
this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out
He could not work the math problem
32. cause to undergo fermentation
The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats
33. go sour or spoil
The wine worked
34. arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times

derived forms
1. Work / Plural
2. Work / Past
3. Work / Third Person
4. Work / Present Participle
Variations of 'work'
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    Who Said that ?
    I find that a man is as old as his work. If his work keeps him from moving forward, he will look forward with the work. - Click here to find out.
    Fact of the day
    In the year 2000, there were approximately 11,000 injuries that were treated in a hospital in the U.S. that resulted from fireworks.