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Definitions of work:
  • noun:   activity directed toward making or doing something
    Example: "She checked several points needing further work"
  • noun:   a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
    Example: "It is not regarded as one of his more memorable works"
  • 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
    Example: "Work equals force times distance"
  • noun:   the occupation for which you are paid
    Example: "A lot of people are out of work"
  • noun:   the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
    Example: "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
  • noun:   a place where work is done
    Example: "He arrived at work early today"
  • noun:   applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
    Example: "Mastering a second language requires a lot of work"
  • verb:   provoke or excite
    Example: "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
  • verb:   proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
    Example: "Work your way through every problem or task"
  • verb:   cause to work
    Example: "He is working his servants hard"
  • verb:   be employed
    Example: "Is your husband working again?"
  • verb:   exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
    Example: "I will work hard to improve my grades"
  • verb:   cause to operate or function
    Example: "This pilot works the controls"
  • verb:   operate in or through
    Example: "Work the phones"
  • verb:   have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
    Example: "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"
  • verb:   operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
    Example: "She works the night clubs"
  • verb:   behave in a certain way when handled
    Example: "This dough does not work easily"
  • verb:   arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
    Example: "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
  • verb:   move into or onto
    Example: "Work the raisins into the dough"
  • verb:   shape, form, or improve a material
    Example: "Work stone into tools"
  • verb:   gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
    Example: "The political candidate worked the crowds"
  • verb:   move in an agitated manner
    Example: "His fingers worked with tension"
  • verb:   proceed along a path
    Example: "Work one's way through the crowd"
  • verb:   cause to undergo fermentation
    Example: "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
  • verb:   give a work-out to
    Example: "My personal trainer works me hard"
  • verb:   use or manipulate to one's advantage
    Example: "She knows how to work the system"
  • verb:   make uniform
    Example: "Work the clay until it is soft"
  • verb:   perform as expected when applied
    Example: "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
  • verb:   cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
    Example: "I cannot work a miracle"
  • verb:   have and exert influence or effect
    Example: "The artist's work influenced the young painter"
  • verb:   make something, usually for a specific function
    Example: "Work the metal into a sword"
  • verb:   prepare for crops
    Example: "Work the soil"
  • verb:   go sour or spoil
    Example: "The wine worked"
  • verb:   find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
    Example: "Work out your problems with the boss"
  • name:  A surname (rare: 1 in 100000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #8682)

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