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work

noun

1 work

Activity directed toward making or doing something.

Roget 593: booklet; writing, work, volume, tome, opuscule; tract, tractate; livret; brochure, libretto, handbook, codex, manual, ... show more

Roget 170: agency, operation, force, working, strain, function, office, maintenance, exercise, work, swing, play; interworking, interaction; ... show more

Roget 686: exertion, effort, strain, tug, pull, stress, throw, stretch, struggle, spell, spurt, spirt; stroke of work, stitch of work.    ... show more

Roget 680: action, performance; doing, etc. v.; perpetration; exercise, excitation; movement, operation, evolution, work; labor ... show more

Roget 154: effect, consequence; aftergrowth, aftercome; derivative, derivation; result; resultant, resultance; upshot, issue, denouement; end ... show more

Roget 415: music; concert; strain, tune, air; melody etc. 413; aria, arietta; piece of music [Fr.], work, number, opus; ... show more

Dutch: arbeid, werk
Polish: praca, robota, zajęcie



2 work

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.

synonym: piece of work.

Dutch: compositie, oeuvre, schepping, werk, werkstuk
Polish: arcydzieło

3 work

The occupation for which you are paid:
— A lot of people are out of work.

synonym: employment.

Roget 625: business, occupation, employment; pursuit etc. 622; what one is doing, what one is about; affair, concern, matter, case.    matter in hand, ... show more

Polish: zatrudnienie

4 work

Applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading):
— Mastering a second language requires a lot of work.

synonym: study.

Dutch: bestuderen, studeren, bestudering, studie

5 work

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.

Dutch: arbeidsplaats

6 work

A place where work is done:
— He arrived at work early today.

synonym: workplace.

Dutch: job, werkgebied, werkplaats, werkplek
Polish: miejsce pracy, miejsce zatrudnienia, praca, robota, zakład pracy

7 work

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.

Dutch: oeuvre, opus, werk
Polish: konto

verb

1 work

Exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity.

Roget 686: exert oneself; exert one's energies, tax one's energies; use exertion.    labor, work, toil, moil, sweat, fag, drudge, slave, drag a lengthened chain, ... show more

Roget 302: pass, pass through; perforate etc. (hole) 260; penetrate, permeate, thread, thrid, enfilade; go through, go across; go over, ... show more

Roget 847: ornament, embellish, enrich, decorate, adorn, bead, beautify, adonize.    smarten, furbish, polish, gild, varnish, whitewash, ... show more

Dutch: doen, verrichten, werken

2 work

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.

synonym: do work.

Dutch: arbeiden, werken

3 work

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.

synonym: act.

Dutch: werken

4 work

Perform as expected when applied:
— This old radio doesn't work anymore.

synonyms: function, go, operate, run.

Roget 170: be in action etc. adj.; operate, work; act, act upon; perform, play, support, sustain, strain, maintain, ... show more

Dutch: functioneren, werken

5 work

Shape, form, or improve a material:
— Work stone into tools.
— Work the metal.

synonyms: process, work on.

Dutch: bewerken

6 work

Give a workout to:
— My personal trainer works me hard.
— Work one's muscles.

synonyms: exercise, work out.

Roget 680: do, perform, execute; achieve etc. (complete) 729; transact, enact; commit, perpetrate, inflict; exercise, prosecute, ... show more

Roget 677: use, make use of, employ, put to use; put in action, put in operation, put in practice; set in motion, set to work.    ply, work, wield, handle, manipulate; ... show more

7 work

Proceed along a path:
— Work one's way through the crowd.

synonym: make.

8 work

Operate in a certain place, area, or specialty.

Dutch: opereren

9 work

Proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity.

10 work

Move in an agitated manner.

Dutch: scharrelen

11 work

Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence:
— I cannot work a miracle.

synonyms: bring, make for, play, wreak.

Dutch: aanrichten

12 work

Cause to work:
— He is working his servants hard.

synonym: put to work.

13 work

Prepare for crops:
— Work the soil.

synonyms: crop, cultivate.

Dutch: ontginnen

14 work

Behave in a certain way when handled.

15 work

Have and exert influence or effect:
— The artist's work influenced the young painter.
— She worked on her friends to support the political candidate.

synonyms: act upon, influence.

Dutch: beïnvloeden, doorwerken, influenceren

16 work

Operate in or through.

17 work

Cause to operate or function.

18 work

Provoke or excite.

19 work

Gratify and charm, usually in order to influence.

20 work

Make something, usually for a specific function:
— Work the metal into a sword.

synonyms: forge, form, mold, mould, shape.

21 work

Move into or onto.

22 work

Make uniform:
— Work the clay until it is soft.

synonym: knead.

23 work

Use or manipulate to one's advantage:
— She knows how to work the system.
— He works his parents for sympathy.

synonym: exploit.

Dutch: exploiteren, uitbuiten, uitknijpen, uitpersen, uitzuigen

24 work

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.

Dutch: er achter komen, oplossen, uitvogelen

25 work

Cause to undergo fermentation:
— The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats.

synonym: ferment.

Dutch: fermenteren, gisten, stoken, werken

26 work

Go sour or spoil:
— The wine worked.

synonyms: ferment, sour, turn.

Dutch: schiften, zuren

27 work

Arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion.


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