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work as in activity directed toward making or doing something
  • "she checked several points needing further work"
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work as in 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 a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
work as in the occupation for which you are paid
  • "he is looking for employment"
  • "a lot of people are out of work"

Synonyms

  • employment the state of being employed or having a job; the occupation for which you are paid; the act of giving someone a job ; the act of using
work as in 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"

Synonyms

  • study consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; be a student; give careful consideration to; be a student of a certain subject; learn by reading books; think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; a detailed critical inspection ; applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading); a written document describing the findings of some individual or group; a state of deep mental absorption; a room used for reading and writing and studying; a branch of knowledge; preliminary drawing for later elaboration; attentive consideration and meditation; someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a part in a play); a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique
work as in (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"
work as in a place where work is done
  • "he arrived at work early today"

Synonyms

  • workplace a place where work is done
work as in 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"

Synonyms

  • oeuvre the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
  • body of work the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
work as in 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"
work as in 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 be employed
work as in 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"

Synonyms

  • act a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body ; something that people do or cause to happen ; a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet ; a short performance that is part of a longer program; a manifestation of insincerity; perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); behave in a certain manner; play a role or part; discharge one's duties; pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; be suitable for theatrical performance; have an effect or outcome; be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure ; behave unnaturally or affectedly; perform on a stage or theater
work as in 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"

Synonyms

  • function perform as expected when applied; serve a purpose, role, or function; perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function; (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function) ; what something is used for; the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; a relation such that one thing is dependent on another; a formal or official social gathering or ceremony; a vaguely specified social event; a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
  • operate direct or control; perform as expected when applied; handle and cause to function; perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense ; keep engaged; perform surgery on
  • go functioning correctly and ready for action; a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine ; a usually brief attempt; a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; change location; follow a procedure or take a course; move away from a place into another direction; enter or assume a certain state or condition; be awarded; have a particular form; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; follow a certain course; be abolished or discarded; be or continue to be in a certain condition; make a certain noise or sound; perform as expected when applied; to be spent or finished; progress by being changed; continue to live and avoid dying; pass, fare, or elapse; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; be in the right place or situation; be ranked or compare; begin or set in motion; have a turn; be contained in; be sounded, played, or expressed; blend or harmonize; lead, extend, or afford access; be the right size or shape; go through in search of something; be spent; give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; stop operating or functioning
  • run a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely; the act of testing something; a race run on foot; an unbroken series of events; (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; a regular trip; the act of running; the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation; unrestricted freedom to use; the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.); a small stream ; a race between candidates for elective office; a row of unravelled stitches; the pouring forth of a fluid ; an unbroken chronological sequence; a short trip; move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time; flee; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; direct or control; have a particular form; move along, of liquids; perform as expected when applied; change or be different within limits; run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; cause to emit recorded audio or video; move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way; have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be operating, running or functioning; change from one state to another; cause to perform; be affected by; continue to exist; occur persistently; carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; include as the content; carry out; pass over, across, or through; cause something to pass or lead somewhere; make without a miss ; deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor ; cause an animal to move fast; be diffused; sail before the wind ; cover by running; extend or continue for a certain period of time; set animals loose to graze ; keep company; run with the ball; travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means; travel a route regularly; pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); compete in a race; progress by being changed; reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating; come unraveled or undone as if by snagging; become undone
work as in shape, form, or improve a material
  • "work stone into tools"
  • "process iron"
  • "work the metal"

Synonyms

  • work on to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something; shape, form, or improve a material
  • process subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition; deal with in a routine way; perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information; institute legal proceedings against; march in a procession; shape, form, or improve a material; deliver a warrant or summons to someone; a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; a writ issued by authority of law; a mental process that you are not directly aware of; a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
work as in give a workout to
  • "Some parents exercise their infants"
  • "My personal trainer works me hard"
  • "work one's muscles"
  • "this puzzle will exercise your mind"

Synonyms

  • exercise put to use; carry out or practice; give a workout to; do physical exercise; learn by repetition; the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; the act of using; systematic training by multiple repetitions; a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; an action, often used negatively and without consequences
  • work out come up with; happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well; work out in detail; do physical exercise; be calculated; make a mathematical calculation or computation ; find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; give a workout to
work as in proceed along a path
  • "work one's way through the crowd"
  • "make one's way into the forest"

Synonyms

  • make a recognizable kind; the act of mixing cards haphazardly ; engage in; give certain properties to something; make or cause to be or to become; cause to do; give rise to; create or manufacture a man-made product; make, formulate, or derive in the mind; compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way; create by artistic means; earn on some commercial or business transaction; create or design, often in a certain way; to compose or represent; reach a goal; be or be capable of being changed or made into; make by shaping or bringing together constituents; perform or carry out; make by combining materials and parts; change from one form into another; act in a certain way so as to acquire; charge with a function; achieve a point or goal; reach a destination, either real or abstract; institute, enact, or establish; carry out or commit; form by assembling individuals or constituents; organize or be responsible for; put in order or neaten; head into a specified direction; have a bowel movement; undergo fabrication or creation; be suitable for; add up to; amount to; constitute the essence of; appear to begin an activity; proceed along a path; reach in time; gather and light the materials for; prepare for eating by applying heat; induce to have sex; assure the success of; represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; consider as being; calculate as being; cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable; favor the development of; develop into; behave in a certain way; eliminate urine
work as in operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
  • "She works the night clubs"
  • "The salesman works the Midwest"
  • "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
work as in 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"
work as in move in an agitated manner
  • "His fingers worked with tension"
work as in 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"

Synonyms

  • bring take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; cause to come into a particular state or condition; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; go or come after and bring or take back; bring into a different state; be accompanied by; advance or set forth in court; bestow a quality on; be sold for a certain price; attract the attention of; induce or persuade
  • play a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; a theatrical performance of a drama; a preset plan of action in team sports; a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; a state in which action is feasible; utilization or exercise; an attempt to get something; activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; the removal of constraints; a weak and tremulous light; verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); movement or space for movement; gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully ; participate in games or sport; act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome; play on an instrument; play a role or part; be at play; replay (as a melody); perform music on (a musical instrument); pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; bet or wager (money); engage in recreational activities rather than work; pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; emit recorded sound; perform on a certain location; put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game; engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; behave in a certain way; cause to emit recorded audio or video; manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; use to one's advantage; consider not very seriously; be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way; behave carelessly or indifferently; cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; perform on a stage or theater; be performed or presented for public viewing; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; make bets; stake on the outcome of an issue; shoot or hit in a particular manner; use or move; employ in a game or in a specific position; contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
  • wreak cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
  • make for cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
work as in cause to work
  • "he is working his servants hard"

Synonyms

  • put to work cause to work
work as in prepare for crops
  • "Work the soil"
  • "cultivate the land"

Synonyms

  • cultivate foster the growth of ; prepare for crops; teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment; adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
  • crop cut short; prepare for crops; yield crops; let feed in a field or pasture or meadow ; feed as in a meadow or pasture; cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; the yield from plants in a single growing season ; a cultivated plant that is grown commercially on a large scale ; a collection of people or things appearing together; the output of something in a season; the stock or handle of a whip ; a pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food
work as in behave in a certain way when handled
  • "This dough does not work easily"
  • "The soft metal works well"
work as in 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

  • influence have and exert influence or effect; shape or influence; induce into action by using one's charm; a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc; causing something without any direct or apparent effort ; a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; the effect of one thing (or person) on another; one having power to influence another
  • act upon have and exert influence or effect
work as in operate in or through
  • "Work the phones"
work as in cause to operate or function
  • "This pilot works the controls"
  • "Can you work an electric drill?"
work as in provoke or excite
  • "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
work as in gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
  • "the political candidate worked the crowds"
work as in make something, usually for a specific function
  • "She molded the rice balls carefully"
  • "Form cylinders from the dough"
  • "shape a figure"
  • "Work the metal into a sword"

Synonyms

  • shape shape or influence; make something, usually for a specific function; give shape or form to; any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; alternative names for the body of a human being; a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; the visual appearance of something or someone; the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape') ; the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe ; a perceptual structure
  • form create (as an entity); to compose or represent; develop into a distinctive entity; give shape or form to; make something, usually for a specific function; establish or impress firmly in the mind; assume a form or shape; the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; a perceptual structure; any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); alternative names for the body of a human being; the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; the visual appearance of something or someone; a printed document with spaces in which to write; (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; a particular mode in which something is manifested; (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; a body of students who are taught together; an ability to perform well; a life-size dummy used to display clothes ; a mold for setting concrete
  • mold form in clay, wax, etc; become moldy; form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; make something, usually for a specific function; fit tightly, follow the contours of; shape or influence; the distinctive form in which a thing is made; container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens ; loose soil rich in organic matter ; the process of becoming mildewed ; a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter ; a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold; a distinctive nature, character, or type; sculpture produced by molding
  • mould form in clay, wax, etc; form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; make something, usually for a specific function; loose soil rich in organic matter ; the distinctive form in which a thing is made; the process of becoming mildewed ; a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter ; a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold; a distinctive nature, character, or type; sculpture produced by molding ; container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
  • forge furnace consisting of a special hearth where metal is heated before shaping ; a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering ; create by hammering; make a copy of with the intent to deceive; come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; move ahead steadily; move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy ; make something, usually for a specific function; make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
work as in 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"
work as in make uniform
  • "knead dough"
  • "work the clay until it is soft"

Synonyms

  • knead make uniform; manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes
work as in 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"

Synonyms

  • exploit a notable achievement; use or manipulate to one's advantage; draw from; work excessively hard
work as in 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"

Synonyms

  • solve find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; find the solution; settle, as of a debt
  • work out come up with; happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well; work out in detail; do physical exercise; be calculated; make a mathematical calculation or computation ; find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; give a workout to
  • figure out find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  • puzzle out find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  • lick a salt deposit that animals regularly lick ; touching with the tongue; (boxing) a blow with the fist; beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight; pass the tongue over; find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; take up with the tongue
work as in 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"

Synonyms

  • ferment a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; a substance capable of bringing about fermentation ; a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; be in an agitated or excited state; work up into agitation or excitement; cause to undergo fermentation; go sour or spoil
work as in go sour or spoil
  • "The milk has soured"
  • "The wine worked"
  • "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

Synonyms

  • sour go sour or spoil; make sour or more sour ; a cocktail made of a liquor (especially whiskey or gin) mixed with lemon or lime juice and sugar ; the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth ; the property of being acidic ; smelling of fermentation or staleness ; having a sharp biting taste ; one of the four basic taste sensations; in an unpalatable state; inaccurate in pitch; showing a brooding ill humor
  • turn a circular segment of a curve; the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; an unforeseen development; a movement in a new direction; the act of turning away or in the opposite direction; turning or twisting around (in place); a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive ; a short performance that is part of a longer program; a favor for someone; taking a short walk out and back; change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; undergo a change or development; cause to move around or rotate; change to the contrary; pass to the other side of; pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; let (something) fall or spill from a container; move around an axis or a center; cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; to send or let go; to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; change color; twist suddenly so as to sprain; cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics; accomplish by rotating; get by buying and selling; cause to move along an axis or into a new direction; channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something; cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; alter the functioning or setting of; direct at someone; have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; go sour or spoil; become officially one year older
  • ferment a state of agitation or turbulent change or development; a substance capable of bringing about fermentation ; a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; be in an agitated or excited state; work up into agitation or excitement; cause to undergo fermentation; go sour or spoil
work as in 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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