Definitions of work

  1. have and exert influence or effect; " The artist's work influenced the young painter"; " She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. the occupation for which you are paid; " he is looking for employment"; " a lot of people are out of work"
  5. give a work- out to; " Some parents exercise their infants"; " My personal trainer works me hard"; " work one's muscles"
  6. 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"
  7. go sour or spoil; " The milk has soured"; " The wine worked"; " The cream has turned-- we have to throw it out"
  8. 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"
  9. 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"
  10. 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"
  11. 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"
  12. cause to work; " he is working his servants hard"
  13. 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"
  14. behave in a certain way when handled; " This dough does not work easily"; " The soft metal works well"
  15. activity directed toward making or doing something; " she checked several points needing further work"
  16. a place where work is done; " he arrived at work early today"
  17. ( 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"
  18. arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; " The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
  19. shape, form, or improve a material; " work stone into tools"; " process iron"; " work the metal"
  20. 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"
  21. gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; " the political candidate worked the crowds"
  22. move in an agitated manner; " His fingers worked with tension"
  23. proceed along a path; " work one's way through the crowd"; " make one's way into the forest"
  24. provoke or excite; " The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
  25. 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"
  26. 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"
  27. cause to operate or function; " This pilot works the controls"; " Can you work an electric drill?"
  28. operate in or through; " Work the phones"
  29. 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".
  30. operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; " She works the night clubs"; " The salesman works the Midwest"; " This artist works mostly in acrylics"
  31. To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; esp., to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, as the materials of bread, cake, etc.; as, to knead dough.
  32. Break; twist.
  33. The causing of motion against a resisting force, measured by the product of the force into the component of the motion resolved along the direction of the force.
  34. Ore before it is dressed.
  35. Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physically labor.
  36. The matter on which one is at work; that upon which one spends labor; material for working upon; subject of exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to take up one's work; to drop one's work.
  37. That which is produced as the result of labor; anything accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance; fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed, service, effect, result, achievement, feat.
  38. Specifically: ( a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition; a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison. ( b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the needle; embroidery.
  39. Structures in civil, military, or naval engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches, fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron works; locomotive works; gas works.
  40. The moving parts of a mechanism; as, the works of a watch.
  41. Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.
  42. The causing of motion against a resisting force. The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by, the product of the force into the amount of motion along the direction of the force. See Conservation of energy, under Conservation, Unit of work, under Unit, also Foot pound, Horse power, Poundal, and Erg.
  43. Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.
  44. 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.
  45. Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.
  46. Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.
  47. To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.
  48. To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.
  49. To ferment, as a liquid.
  50. To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.
  51. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.
  52. To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth.
  53. To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.
  54. To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.
  55. To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.
  56. To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.
  57. To cause to ferment, as liquor.
  58. To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; - with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth.
  59. Physical or mental effort directed to some end or purpose; toil or labor; occupation or employment; a task or duty; something accomplished; a work of art; motion accomplished against a force tending to resist it; in physcics, the product of the force acting on a body and the distance the body is moved in line with the force.
  60. To put out mental or physical effort for some purpose; to toil or labor; to act or operate; to be occupied in some business or profession; to progress or move, etc., slowly and with difficulty; to ferment, as wine.
  61. To make, fashion, or shape; to cause; as, to work confusion; to manage or operate; to set or keep in motion; to cause to labor; to accomplish with effort; to excite or provoke; to influence or control.
  62. Worker.
  63. Worked or wrought.
  64. Working.
  65. Effort directed to an end: the result of work: that on which one works: anything made or done: deed: effect: a literary composition: a book: management:- pl. ( fort.) walls, trenches, etc.
  66. To make efforts to attain anything: to perform: to be in action: to be occupied in business or labor: to produce effects: to strain or labor: to ferment.
  67. To make by labor: to bring into any state by action: to effect: to influence: to manage: to solve: to cause to ferment: to embroider:- pa. t. and pa. p. worked or wrought ( rawt).
  68. Labor; employment; anything produced by working; book; effect; performance.
  69. To make by labor; effect; manage; solve; embroider.
  70. To perform; labor; produce effects; ferment.
  71. Worked, wrought.
  72. To expend labor on.
  73. To cause to act, labor, or produce; influence.
  74. To investigate or solve, as a problem.
  75. To labor; toil.
  76. To make progress; be effective; move.
  77. To ferment.
  78. Manual labor; occupation.
  79. An undertaking; task.
  80. That which is produced by labor.
  81. A manufacturing or other industrial establishment.
  82. Running- gear.
  83. Walls, trenches, and the like, made for fortifications; moral duties or external performances, as distinct from grace. To set to work, or to set on work, to employ; to engage in any business.
  84. An exertion of strength for accomplishing some end or object; manual labour; state of labour; employment; occupation; an undertaking; that which is made or done; embroidery; flowers or figures wrought with the needle; any fabric or manufacture; the matter on which one is at work; some important deed; exploit; operation; effect; resistance overcome that which proceeds from agency; management; treatment; that which is produced by mental labour; a composition; a book; a place of manufacture.
  85. To move; to stir and mix; to form by labour; to mould, shape or manufacture; to influence by acting upon; to lead; to make by action, labour or violence; to produce by action, labour or exertion; to embroider; to direct the movements of, by adapting the sails to the wind; to put to labour; to exert; to cause to ferment, as liquor. To work out, to effect by labour and exertion; to solve. To work up, to raise; to excite; to expend in any work, as materials. To work into, to insinuate.
  86. To labour; to be occupied in performing manual labour; to act; to carry on operations; to operate; to carry on business; to be customarily employed; to produce effects by action or influence; to ferment; to act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic; to labour; to strain; to move heavily; to be tossed or agitated; to enter by working. To work on, to act on; to influence. To work up, to make way. To work to windward, to sail or ply against the wind.
  87. Physical or mental labour; something produced by toil, whether mental or bodily; an engineering structure; a production of art; operation; employment; labour; the operation of sewing; figures wrought with the needle; action; treatment or management; a literary production; feat; achievement.

Usage examples for work

  1. She must work, too; work was a good thing. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  2. But there's work before us! – The Madness of May by Meredith Nicholson
  3. I must go back to work. – Out Like a Light by Gordon Randall Garrett
  4. Your work is very good, Don Orsino. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  5. He has hard work before him. – Napoleon's Young Neighbor by Helen Leah Reed
  6. Well, Gneisenau, now let us go to work! – NAPOLEON AND BLUCHER by L. Muhlbach
  7. Why don't you all go over to Briggs's and go to work? – Stories of the Foot-hills by Margaret Collier Graham
  8. I know quite well, she said, that my work isn't good. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  9. Shall I come to work in the morning? – The Adventures of a Country Boy at a Country Fair by James Otis
  10. Things were just as nature's work had made them. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  11. You work here, don't you? – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
  12. But if he does the work? – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  13. No one would have patience with her, for work she will not! – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  14. But I must try to make good in my work as you have in yours. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  15. I would work- oh, I am not afraid to work. – The Master Mummer by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. I had to work. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  17. How can I work now? – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  18. People work, and I, too, will work. – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy
  19. Some of that young jackanape's work! – The Bride of Fort Edward by Delia Bacon