1. Activity directed toward making or doing something (synset 100576778)
    "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 (synset 104606723)
    "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 (synset 100585404)
    "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) (synset 105763880)
    "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"
  5. (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 (synset 111473837)
    "work equals force times distance"
  6. A place where work is done (synset 104609402)
    "he arrived at work early today"
  7. The total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it) (synset 103846937)
    "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre"; "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
  1. Exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity (synset 202418610)
    "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
  2. Be employed (synset 202415985)
    "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 (synset 202531113)
    "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 (synset 201528454)
    "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 (synset 201672498)
    "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
  6. Give a workout to (synset 200100305)
    "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"; "this puzzle will exercise your mind"
  7. Proceed along a path (synset 202054955)
    "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"
  8. Operate in a certain place, area, or specialty (synset 202600976)
    "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 (synset 202378106)
    "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 (synset 201856435)
    "His fingers worked with tension"
  11. Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence (synset 201632781)
    "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 (synset 202413117)
    "he is working his servants hard"
  13. Prepare for crops (synset 201745327)
    "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
  14. Behave in a certain way when handled (synset 202757146)
    "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
  15. Have and exert influence or effect (synset 202542223)
    "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
  16. Operate in or through (synset 202449024)
    "Work the phones"
  17. Cause to operate or function (synset 202441810)
    "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
  18. Provoke or excite (synset 202121463)
    "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
  19. Gratify and charm, usually in order to influence (synset 201821541)
    "the political candidate worked the crowds"
  20. Make something, usually for a specific function (synset 201663142)
    "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
  21. Move into or onto (synset 201544013)
    "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 (synset 201237919)
    "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"
  23. Use or manipulate to one's advantage (synset 201165070)
    "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 (synset 200636568)
    "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 (synset 200459709)
    "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 (synset 200459426)
    "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 (synset 200149916)
    "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"

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