- (used with a singular or plural verb) a place or establishment for manufacturing (often used in combination): ironworks.
- the working parts of a machine: the works of a watch.
- Theology. righteous deeds.
- everything; all related items or matters: a hamburger with the works.
- harsh or cruel treatment: to give someone the works.
verb (used without object), worked or (Archaic) wrought;working.
verb (used with object), worked or ( Archaic except for 29, 31, 34 ) wrought;working.
- to bring or put in; add, merge, or blend: The tailor worked in the patch skillfully. Work the cream into the hands until it is completely absorbed.
- to arrange a time or employment for: The dentist was very busy, but said she would be able to work me in late in the afternoon. They worked him into the new operation.
- to lose or dispose of, as by exercise or labor: We decided to work off the effects of a heavy supper by walking for an hour.
- to pay or fulfill by working: He worked off his debt by doing odd jobs.
- to bring about by work, effort, or action.
- to solve, as a problem.
- to arrive at by or as by calculation.
- to pay (a debt) by working instead of paying money.
- to exhaust, as a mine.
- to issue in a result.
- to evolve; elaborate.
- to amount to (a total or specified figure); add up (to): The total works out to 176.
- to prove effective or successful: Their marriage just didn't work out.
- to practice, exercise, or train, especially in order to become proficient in an athletic sport: The boxers are working out at the gym tonight.
- to study or examine thoroughly: For my term paper I worked over 30 volumes of Roman history.
- Informal. to beat unsparingly, especially in order to obtain something or out of revenge: They threatened to work him over until he talked.
- to move or stir the feelings; excite.
- to prepare; elaborate: Work up some plans.
- to increase in efficiency or skill: He worked up his typing speed to 70 words a minute.
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Idioms for work
- working, as at one's job: He's at work on a new novel.
- in action or operation: to see the machines at work.
- to arrange something: I'll try to work it so that we can all travel together.
- to show off one’s body or clothing to best effect, often through movement or posing: The models were working it on the runway.Work it on the dance floor, baby!
Origin of work
SYNONYMS FOR work
synonym study for work
OTHER WORDS FROM worknonwork, nounpre·work, verb, pre·worked or pre·wrought, pre·work·ing.prework, noun, adjective
Words nearby work
Definition for work (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for work
What the researchers were interested in was how well the injections worked and how long their effects lasted.
The next-best option is to work out more intensely to maximize the potential of the time you do have available.How to Plan a Successful Backpacking Trip in 7 Steps|Andrew Skurka|July 8, 2020|Outside Online
“If you don’t have your own account, if you don’t work on creating that community, you’re not going to get that shot at having those impressions,” she said.
Regardless of your color or gender, if you want to progress in your career you have to work for it.‘My white colleagues are looking to me for answers’: Confessions of a Black ad tech exec|Seb Joseph|July 8, 2020|Digiday
We have started a diversity council within FaZe Clan that is a volunteer group that is working on actionable items in this area.
British Dictionary definitions for work
- decoration or ornamentation, esp of a specified kind
- (in combination)wirework; woolwork
- at one's job or place of employment
- in action; operating
Derived forms of workworkless, adjectiveworklessness, noun
Word Origin for work
Scientific definitions for work
Cultural definitions for work
Idioms and Phrases with work
In addition to the idioms beginning with work
- work both sides of the street
- worked up, be
- work in
- work it
- work like a beaver
- work like a charm
- work off
- work on
- work one's fingers to the bone
- work one's way
- work out
- work over
- work up
- work wonders
- all in a day's work
- all work and no play
- at work
- busy work
- dirty work
- get down to (work)
- good works
- gum up (the works)
- have one's work cut out
- in the works
- make short work of
- many hands make light work
- out of work
- shoot the works
- the works
- turn (work) out all right