Other forms: works; working; worked

The word work has many shades of meaning, but most involve putting in an effort of some sort. You're not going to become an Olympic ice skater overnight. You'll need to do a serious amount of work to get there.

When you say you have to go to work, work is a noun meaning your workplace. The actual tasks you perform at your workplace — what you get paid for — are also called work. Your work might consist of answering the phone or baking bread or doing the accounting. Work can also be a verb describing doing some kind of activity, often one associated with your job. It's a bummer to work on Saturday when you already worked all week.

Definitions of work
  1. noun
    activity directed toward making or doing something
    “she checked several points needing further work
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    lavation, wash, washing
    the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
    the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field
    a damaging piece of work
    the performance of a piece of work
    operation, procedure
    a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work
    work done by one person or group that benefits another
    polishing, shining
    the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it
    heavy lifting
    difficult work
    the work of a housewife
    housekeeping, housework
    the work of cleaning and running a house
    the work of using heat to smooth washed clothes in order to remove any wrinkles
    busywork, make-work
    active work of little value
    the work of cutting down trees for timber
    loose end, unfinished business
    work that is left incomplete
    work to be done at night
    work that involves handling papers: forms or letters or reports etc.
    social service, welfare work
    an organized activity to improve the condition of disadvantaged people in society
    labor, labour, toil
    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
    subbing, substituting
    working as a substitute for someone who is ill or on leave of absence
    investigating, investigation
    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
    aid, attention, care, tending
    the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
    work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
    mission, missionary work
    the organized work of a religious missionary
    dull or routine preliminary work preparing for an undertaking
    work paid for at a rate per unit of time
    labor, project, task, undertaking
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    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
    bathing, washup
    the act of washing yourself (or another person)
    the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
    dishwashing, washup
    the act of washing dishes
    the washing of dishes etc after a meal
    the activity of washing windows
    washing lightly without soap
    soak, soaking
    washing something by allowing it to soak
    hair care, haircare, hairdressing
    care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
    capturing cattle or horses with a lasso
    breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, snap, walkover
    any undertaking that is easy to do
    consulting service
    service provided by a professional advisor (e.g., a lawyer or doctor or CPA etc.)
    a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you
    washing clothes and bed linens
    the act of shining shoes
    national service
    compulsory service in the military during peacetime
    the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility
    unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes
    donkeywork, drudgery, grind, plodding
    hard monotonous routine work
    effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    hunt, hunting
    the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
    professional work done according to formula
    cutting grass and curing it to make hay
    manual labor, manual labour
    labor done with the hands
    overwork, overworking
    the act of working too much or too long
    work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
    an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
    count, counting, enumeration, numeration, reckoning, tally
    the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order
    police investigation, police work
    the investigation of criminal activities
    the application of empirical methods in any art or science
    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
    examination, testing
    the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned
    enquiry, inquiry
    a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest
    systematic investigation to establish facts
    an investigation seeking answers
    the act of putting into tabular form
    tap, wiretap
    the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
    motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children
    baby sitting, babysitting
    the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home
    pet sitting
    the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home
    dental care
    care for the teeth
    first aid
    emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained
    intervention, treatment
    care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
    maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
    the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay
    professional care for the hands and fingernails
    professional care for the feet and toenails
    the act of nourishing
    the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm
    TLC, tender loving care
    considerate and solicitous care
    physical and emotional care and nourishment
    personal care
    care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions
    skin care, skincare
    care for the skin
    faith cure, faith healing
    care provided through prayer and faith in God
    chore, job, task
    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
    function, office, part, role
    the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
    assignment, duty assignment
    a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
    da'wah, dawah
    missionary work for Islam
    adventure, dangerous undertaking, escapade, risky venture
    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
    a project of personal concern to someone
    endeavor, endeavour, enterprise
    a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
    labor of love, labour of love
    productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
    endurance contest, marathon
    any long and arduous undertaking
    anything that requires little thought
    a task to be dealt with
    large order, tall order
    a formidable task or requirement
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
    tree surgery
    treatment of damaged or decaying trees
    health care, healthcare
    the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession
    social work
    any of various services designed to aid the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children
    close sociological study of a maladjusted person or family for diagnosis and treatment
    type of:
    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
    “mastering a second language requires a lot of work
    synonyms: study
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    acquisition, learning
    the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
  3. noun
    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”
    synonyms: piece of work
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    follow-up, followup
    a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work
    handcraft, handicraft, handiwork, handwork
    a work produced by hand labor
    work made of iron (gratings or rails or railings etc)
    work consisting of (or resembling) lace fabric
    a decorative work made of wood and covered with lacquer and often inlaid with ivory or precious metals
    work made of leather
    chef-d'oeuvre, masterpiece
    the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman
    the metal parts of something
    ornamental work (such as embroidery or latticework) having a pattern of openings
    a piece of work composed of or decorated in many colors
    decorative work made of silver
    caning, wicker, wickerwork
    work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)
    work made of wood; especially moldings or stairways or furniture
    work in progress
    a piece of work that is not yet finished
    work consisting of a piece of metal being machined
    a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
    woodwork finished by hand by a cabinetmaker
    lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
    fine woodwork done by a joiner
    woodwork that has been machined at a mill
    reissue, reprint, reprinting
    a publication (such as a book) that is reprinted without changes or editing and offered again for sale
    new edition
    a publication (such as a book) that has been modified or updated and offered again for sale
    a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
    a publication that is one of a set of several similar publications
    something that is read
    impression, printing
    all the copies of a work printed at one time
    collection, compendium
    a publication containing a variety of works
    a publication that appears at fixed intervals
    mag, magazine
    a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it
    tip sheet
    a publication containing the latest information or tips or predictions for a particular business or stock market information or horse racing results, etc.
    reference, source
    a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
    something that has been published again; a fresh publication (as of a literary work)
    type of:
    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  4. noun
    the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
    “Picasso's work can be divided into periods”
    synonyms: body of work, oeuvre
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    (usually plural) the collected work of an author
    the collection of works by a writer or artist that are considered to be authentic
    patristics, patrology
    the writings of the early Church Fathers
    type of:
    end product, output
    final product; the things produced
  5. verb
    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”
    do work
    be employed
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    idle, laze, slug, stagnate
    be idle; exist in a changeless situation
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    go through, run through, work through
    apply thoroughly; think through
    futz, mess around, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around, potter, putter, tinker
    do random, unplanned work or activities; spend time idly
    work as a carpenter
    work as a clerk, as in the legal business
    work as a page
    wait, waitress
    serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant
    pull one's weight
    do one's share in a common task
    work actively for a political candidate or a party
    act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function
    beaver, beaver away
    work hard on something
    work at, work on
    to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something
    keep one's nose to the grindstone, keep one's shoulder to the wheel, peg away, plug away, slog
    work doggedly or persistently
    busy, occupy
    keep busy with
    collaborate, cooperate, get together, join forces
    work together on a common enterprise or project
    do volunteer work
    specialise, specialize
    devote oneself to a special area of work
    work as a minister
    work, sometimes without pay, as an intern
    work as the skipper on a vessel
    do useless, wasteful, or trivial work
    scant, skimp
    work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
    devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
    use tariffs to favor domestic industry
    mess around, as in a liquid or paste
    whip through
    go through very fast
    belabor, belabour
    work at or to absurd length
    potter, putter
    work lightly
    dabble, play around, smatter
    work with in an amateurish manner
    cooperate as a traitor
    go along, play along
    cooperate or pretend to cooperate
    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
  6. verb
    cause to work
    synonyms: put to work
    do work
    be employed
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    exercise, work out
    give a workout to
    warm up
    cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles
    computerise, computerize, cybernate
    control a function, process, or creation by a computer
    put on a rack and pinion
    exploit, overwork
    work excessively hard
    warm up
    cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles
    cause to become limber
    drive or work too hard
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    apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  7. verb
    give a workout to
    “My personal trainer works me hard”
    work one's muscles”
    synonyms: exercise, work out
    exercise, work out
    do physical exercise
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    warm up
    cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles
    cause to become limber
    type of:
    put to work
    cause to work
  8. verb
    shape, form, or improve a material
    work stone into tools”
    work the metal”
    synonyms: process, work on
    forge, form, mold, mould, shape
    make something, usually for a specific function
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    roll, press, forge, or shape (metal) while hot
    cold work, coldwork
    shape (metal) without heat
    use too much
    make over, retread, rework
    use again in altered form
    work on a rack
    work with a tool
    work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation
    plough, plow, turn
    to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
    dig with a hoe
    type of:
    transform, transmute, transubstantiate
    change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
  9. verb
    make something, usually for a specific function
    Work the metal into a sword”
    synonyms: forge, form, mold, mould, shape
    process, work on
    shape, form, or improve a material
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    form by carving
    swage, upset
    form metals with a swage
    form by chipping
    make or form a layer
    cut out
    form and create by cutting out
    turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
    shape or form by grinding
    form or cut out with a mold, form, or die
    subject to puddling or form by puddling
    shape by beating
    form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
    form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
    form into a rounded elevation
    form into a hill
    shape roughly
    remold, reshape
    shape again or shape differently
    cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
    cast, mold, mould
    form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
    make on a potter's wheel
    coil, hand-build, handbuild
    make without a potter's wheel
    sculpt, sculpture
    create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
    model, mold, mould
    form in clay, wax, etc
    hew, hew out
    make or shape as with an axe
    gouge out
    make gouges into a surface
    cut a rectangular groove into
    grave, sculpt, sculpture
    shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
    die, die out
    cut or shape with a die
    mound over
    form a mound over
    press, press out
    press from a plastic
    recast, remold, remould
    cast again
    sand cast
    pour molten metal into a mold of sand
    forge, hammer
    create by hammering
    carve a pattern into
    type of:
    create from raw material, create from raw stuff
    make from scratch
  10. verb
    make uniform
    work the clay until it is soft”
    synonyms: knead
    crop, cultivate
    prepare for crops
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    knead to reach proper lightness
    grind and knead
    type of:
    hold something in one's hands and move it
  11. verb
    behave in a certain way when handled
    “This dough does not work easily”
    “The soft metal works well”
    make uniform
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  12. verb
    provoke or excite
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
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    excite, stimulate, stir
    stir feelings in
  13. verb
    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
    “the political candidate worked the crowds”
  14. verb
    operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
    “The salesman works the Midwest”
    “This artist works mostly in acrylics”
    do work
    be employed
  15. verb
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
    “She knows how to work the system”
    “he works his parents for sympathy”
    synonyms: exploit
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    make hay
    turn to one's advantage
    use to one's advantage
    avail, help
    take or use
    feed, prey
    profit from in an exploitatory manner
    seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
    exploit a skill or resource in order to get something of greater value
    take advantage, trespass
    make excessive use of
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    apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  16. verb
    operate in or through
    Work the phones”
    function, go, operate, run
    perform as expected when applied
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    operate, run
    direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
  17. verb
    cause to operate or function
    “This pilot works the controls”
    “Can you work an electric drill?”
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    care, deal, handle, manage
    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  18. verb
    prepare for crops
    Work the soil”
    synonyms: crop, cultivate
    make uniform
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    overcrop, overcultivate
    to exhaust by excessive cultivation
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    fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
    make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
  19. verb
    cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
    “I cannot work a miracle”
    synonyms: bring, make for, play, wreak
    have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  20. verb
    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”
    synonyms: figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work out
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    answer, resolve
    understand the meaning of
    explain a riddle
    arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
    guess, infer
    guess correctly; solve by guessing
    give the correct answer or solution to
    find the solution or key to
    discern or comprehend
    type of:
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  21. noun
    the occupation for which you are paid
    “a lot of people are out of work
    synonyms: employment
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    coaching, coaching job
    the job of a professional coach
    booking, engagement
    employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
    the work of a minister of religion
    navigation, sailing, seafaring
    the work of a sailor
    work load, workload
    work that a person is expected to do in a specified time
    work paid for according to the quantity produced
    employment in or work for another
    telecommuting, teleworking
    employment at home while communicating with the workplace by phone or fax or modem
    performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others
    public service
    employment within a government system (especially in the civil service)
    paper route
    the job of delivering newspapers regularly
    a booking for performers, especially musicians
    navigation in coastal waters
    case load
    the number of cases handled in a given period of time (as by a court or agency)
    the job of a head of a government department
    type of:
    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  22. noun
    a place where work is done
    “he arrived at work early today”
    synonyms: workplace
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    bakehouse, bakery, bakeshop
    a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold
    any workplace where people are very busy
    brokerage, brokerage house
    place where a broker conducts his business
    central, exchange, telephone exchange
    a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
    colliery, pit
    a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
    a workplace where dairy products (butter and cheese etc.) are produced or sold
    drill site
    workplace that is the site of a drill hole
    a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
    workplace consisting of farm buildings and cultivated land as a unit
    fishery, piscary
    a workplace where fish are caught and processed and sold
    fish farm
    a workplace (usually a pond) where fish are raised for food
    forge, smithy
    a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering
    the workplace where coal gas is manufactured
    a workplace where glass is made
    the workplace where iron is smelted or where iron goods are made
    a workplace; as in the expression "on the job";
    lab, laboratory, research lab, research laboratory, science lab, science laboratory
    a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
    workplace where clothes are washed and ironed
    a workplace away from a studio at which some or all of a movie may be made
    a workplace where lumber is stocked for sale
    oyster bank, oyster bed, oyster park
    a workplace where oysters are bred and grown
    proving ground
    a workplace for testing new equipment or ideas
    rope yard, ropewalk
    workplace consisting of a long narrow path or shed where rope is made
    workplace consisting of a circular building for repairing locomotives
    a workplace where ships are built or repaired
    shop floor
    workplace consisting of the part of a factory housing the machines
    workplace for the teaching or practice of an art
    workplace consisting of a room or building where movies or television shows or radio programs are produced and recorded
    workplace where skins and hides are tanned
    test bed
    a place equipped with instruments for testing (e.g. engines or machinery or computer programs etc.) under working conditions
    workplace where water is stored and purified and distributed for a community
    shop, workshop
    small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done
    artist's workroom, atelier
    a studio especially for an artist or designer
    a workshop where books are bound
    bio lab, biology lab, biology laboratory
    a laboratory for biological research
    a bookbinder's workshop; a place for binding books
    brickfield, brickyard
    a place where bricks are made and sold
    broadcasting studio
    a studio where broadcasts originate
    (CENTRal EXchange) a kind of telephone exchange
    chem lab, chemistry lab, chemistry laboratory
    a laboratory for research in chemistry
    chicken farm
    farm where chickens are raised for sale
    chop shop
    a place where stolen cars are disassembled for their parts
    commodities exchange, commodities market, commodity exchange
    an exchange for buying and selling commodities for future delivery
    corn exchange
    an exchange where grains are bought and sold
    a small farm worked by a crofter
    dairy, dairy farm
    a farm where dairy products are produced
    defense laboratory
    a laboratory devoted to research and development for national defense
    a workshop where dyeing is done
    farm-place, farmplace, farmstead
    a farm together with its buildings
    an outlying farm
    a farm that supplies the needs of a large estate of establishment
    Laundromat, launderette
    a self-service laundry (service mark Laundromat) where coin-operated washing machines are available to individual customers
    machine shop
    workshop where metal is cut and shaped etc., by machine tools
    naval shipyard, navy yard
    a military shipyard
    a bakery specializing in French pastry
    pearl fishery
    a fishery where they fish for pearl oysters
    physics lab, physics laboratory
    a laboratory for research in physics
    pig farm, piggery
    a farm where pigs are raised or kept
    a workshop where clayware is made
    print shop, printing shop
    a workplace where printing is done
    cattle farm, cattle ranch, ranch, spread
    farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
    recording studio
    studio where tapes and records are recorded
    workshop where a saddler works
    sewage farm
    a farm that is irrigated and fertilized with raw sewage
    sheeprun, sheepwalk
    farm devoted to raising sheep
    sheltered workshop
    a workshop that offers jobs to members of the physically or developmentally disabled population
    securities market, stock exchange, stock market
    an exchange where security trading is conducted by professional stockbrokers
    stud farm
    a farm where horses are bred
    patchboard, plugboard, switchboard
    telephone central where circuits are completed with patchcords
    truck farm, truck garden
    a farm where vegetables are grown for market
    workshop where objects are made on a lathe
    vinery, vineyard
    a farm of grapevines where wine grapes are produced
    a building or outbuilding where laundry is done
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    geographic point, geographical point
    a point on the surface of the Earth
  23. verb
    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”
    synonyms: do work
    put to work
    cause to work
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    do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function
    be in the banking business
    fill, occupy, take
    assume, as of positions or roles
    work as a driver
    work as a tinker or tinkerer
    do military service
    blackleg, fink, rat, scab
    take the place of work of someone on strike
    dig, drudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail
    work hard
    be a farmer; work as a farmer
    work a second job, usually after hours
    work occasionally
    take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place
    break one's back, buckle down, knuckle down, slave
    work very hard, like a slave
    work under a subcontract; engage in a subcontract
    turn a trick
    have a customer, of a prostitute
    work independently and on temporary contracts rather than for a long-term employer
    serve in a specific professional capacity
    serve on the staff of
    discharge one's duties
    perform a job or duty on a rotating basis
    function, officiate
    perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
    caddie, caddy
    act as a caddie and carry clubs for a player
    manage or run a ranch
    be a delegate or spokesperson for; represent somebody's interest or be a proxy or substitute for, as of politicians and office holders representing their constituents, or of a tenant representing other tenants in a housing dispute
  24. 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”
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    energy, free energy
    (physics) a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs
  25. verb
    proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
    work your way through every problem or task”
    “Start from the bottom and work towards the top”
    proceed along a path
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    type of:
    go, move, proceed
    follow a procedure or take a course
  26. verb
    proceed along a path
    work one's way through the crowd”
    synonyms: make
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    move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
    make one's way by jostling, pushing, or shoving
    cut one's way through the woods or bush
    type of:
    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  27. verb
    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”
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    mix or add by stirring
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  28. verb
    move in an agitated manner
    “His fingers worked with tension”
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  29. verb
    arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
    “The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times”
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    become, get, go, wax
    enter or assume a certain state or condition
  30. verb
    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”
    synonyms: act
    bring, make for, play, wreak
    cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
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    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  31. verb
    perform as expected when applied
    “This old radio doesn't work anymore”
    synonyms: function, go, operate, run
    be operating, running or functioning
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    malfunction, misfunction
    fail to function or function improperly
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    do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions
    begin operating or running
    be operating, running or functioning
    function as a cutting instrument
    serve, service
    be used by; as of a utility
  32. verb
    have and exert influence or effect
    “She worked on her friends to support the political candidate”
    synonyms: act upon, influence
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    prejudice, prepossess
    influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
    form, imprint
    establish or impress firmly in the mind
    have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
    manipulate, pull strings, pull wires
    influence or control shrewdly or deviously
    color, colour
    modify or bias
    swing, swing over
    influence decisively
    blackjack, blackmail, pressure
    exert pressure on someone through threats
    carry, persuade, sway
    win approval or support for
    get at
    influence by corruption
    influence an event or its outcome by illegal means
    be in control
    bias, predetermine
    cause to be biased
    influence in an unfair way
    enter into and control, as of emotions or ideas
    type of:
    affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
    have an effect upon
  33. verb
    cause to undergo fermentation
    synonyms: ferment
    ferment, sour, turn
    go sour or spoil
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    convert a juice into wine by fermentation
    type of:
    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
  34. verb
    go sour or spoil
    synonyms: ferment, sour, turn
    cause to undergo fermentation
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    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action




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