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  • EN [ wɜːk]
  • US [ wɜːrk]

English definition


  • 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;

    • "he is looking for employment"
    • "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"
    • "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"
  • 5. the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it);

    • "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre"
    • "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"


  • 1. 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"
  • 2. 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"
  • 3. 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"
    • "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
  • 4. 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"
  • 5. shape, form, or improve a material;

    • "work stone into tools"
    • "process iron"
    • "work the metal"
  • 6. give a work-out to;

    • "Some parents exercise their infants"
    • "My personal trainer works me hard"
    • "work one's muscles"
  • 7. proceed along a path;

    • "work one's way through the crowd"
    • "make one's way into the forest"
  • 8. operate in a certain place, area, or specialty;

    • "She works the night clubs"
    • "The salesman works the Midwest"
    • "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
  • 9. 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"
  • 10. move in an agitated manner;

    • "His fingers worked with tension"
  • 11. 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"
  • 12. cause to work;

    • "he is working his servants hard"
  • 13. prepare for crops;

    • "Work the soil"
    • "cultivate the land"
  • 14. behave in a certain way when handled;

    • "This dough does not work easily"
    • "The soft metal works well"
  • 15. have and exert influence or effect;

    • "The artist's work influenced the young painter"
    • "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
  • 16. operate in or through;

    • "Work the phones"
  • 17. cause to operate or function;

    • "This pilot works the controls"
    • "Can you work an electric drill?"
  • 18. provoke or excite;

    • "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
  • 19. gratify and charm, usually in order to influence;

    • "the political candidate worked the crowds"
  • 20. 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"
  • 21. 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"
  • 22. make uniform;

    • "knead dough"
    • "work the clay until it is soft"
  • 23. 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"
  • 24. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;

    • "did you solve the problem?"
    • "Work out your problems with the boss"
    • "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"
    • "did you get it?"
    • "Did you get my meaning?"
    • "He could not work the math problem"
  • 25. 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"
  • 26. go sour or spoil;

    • "The milk has soured"
    • "The wine worked"
    • "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
  • 27. arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion;

    • "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"

Example sentences

  • He did the work without effort.

  • I am overwhelmed with work.

  • Why do you leave all the hard work up to your mother?

  • The work is already complete inmanuscript.

  • One way and another I'm going to finish this work before the end of the month.

  • If you speed up your work, we can finish before it is dark.

  • This job entails a lot of hard work.

  • He was impeded in his work.

  • Work out the full weekly rent, plus your rates.

  • I don't want to go for a walk on such a hot day — it's too much like hard work for me.

  • It's time to set our differences by and work together for a common purpose.

  • He is now out of work.

  • If you tried, you could do the work better.

  • The drugs work well at first but gradually lose their effectiveness.

  • They support each other in their work.

  • Creative work appealed to him irresistibly.

  • The farm woman's hands were rough with hand work.

  • They always sum up their ( work ) experience whenever it is necessary, so they improve rapidly.

  • We should boldly give them work and promote them and not be overcautious.

  • Everyone lent a hand, so that the work was finished ahead of schedule.

  • It is rough on him to work on Sunday.

  • He is finding his new work far more exciting.

  • Although she felt ill, she still went to work.

  • He is in charge of the work.

  • Join the blue wool on the end of the gold pattern and work the same stitches into the back.

  • Her hands were roughened by work.

  • Suppose he can't come, who will do the work?

  • We must do our work faster, and further better.

  • I won't go out today; I'll stay in and work.

  • The work was done under my supervision.

Phrase collocation

  • give someone the works informal 非正式

    tell someone everything

    treat someone harshly

  • have one's work cut out

    be faced with a hard or lengthy task

  • set to work (或 set someone to work)

    begin or cause to begin work

  • a spanner (或北美

    a person or thing that prevents the successful implementation of a plan

  • the work of ——

    a task occupying a specified amount of time

    • it was the work of a moment to discover the tiny stab wound.

  • work one's ass (或 butt 等) off

    (vulgar slang)work extremely hard

  • work one's fingers to the bone

  • work to rule

    (chiefly Brit.)(typically as a form of industrial action) follow official working rules and hours exactly in order to reduce output and efficiency

  • work one's passage

    pay for one's journey on a ship with work instead of money

  • work one's way through university (或 college 等)

    obtain the money for educational fees or maintenance as a student by working

  • work one's will on/upon

    accomplish one's purpose on

    • she set a coiffeur to work his will on her hair.

  • work wonders

    • she set a coiffeur to work his will on her hair.

  • work something in

    include or incorporate something, typically in something spoken or written

  • work something off

    discharge a debt by working

    reduce or get rid of something by work or activity

    • one of those gimmicks for working off aggression.

Synonym discrimination

  • profession, job, occupation, trade, vocation, career, work, employment

  • work, task, job


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