World English Dictionary
work (wɜːk)
1.  physical or mental effort directed towards doing or making something
2.  paid employment at a job or a trade, occupation, or profession
3.  a duty, task, or undertaking
4.  something done, made, etc, as a result of effort or exertion: a work of art
5.  materials or tasks on which to expend effort or exertion
6.  another word for workmanship
7.  the place, office, etc, where a person is employed
8.  any piece of material that is undergoing a manufacturing operation or process; workpiece
9.  a.  decoration or ornamentation, esp of a specified kind
 b.  (in combination): wirework; woolwork
10.  an engineering structure such as a bridge, building, etc
11.  physics W, Abbreviation: w the transfer of energy expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which its point of application moves in the direction of the force
12.  a structure, wall, etc, built or used as part of a fortification system
13.  at work
 a.  at one's job or place of employment
 b.  in action; operating
14.  informal make short work of to handle or dispose of very quickly
15.  (modifier) of, relating to, or used for work: work clothes; a work permit
vb (often foll by up)
16.  (intr) to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something
17.  (intr) to be employed
18.  (tr) to carry on operations, activity, etc, in (a place or area): that salesman works the southern region
19.  (tr) to cause to labour or toil: he works his men hard
20.  to operate or cause to operate, esp properly or effectively: to work a lathe; that clock doesn't work
21.  (tr) to till or cultivate (land)
22.  to handle or manipulate or be handled or manipulated: to work dough
23.  to shape, form, or process or be shaped, formed, or processed: to work copper
24.  to reach or cause to reach a specific condition, esp gradually: the rope worked loose
25.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) to solve (a mathematical problem)
26.  (intr) to move in agitation: his face worked with anger
27.  to provoke or arouse: to work someone into a frenzy
28.  (tr) to effect or accomplish: to work one's revenge
29.  to make (one's way) with effort: he worked his way through the crowd
30.  (tr) to make or decorate by hand in embroidery, tapestry, etc: she was working a sampler
31.  (intr) (of a mechanism) to move in a loose or otherwise imperfect fashion
32.  (intr) (of liquids) to ferment, as in brewing
33.  informal (tr) to manipulate or exploit to one's own advantage
34.  slang (tr) to cheat or swindle
[Old English weorc (n), wircan, wyrcan (vb); related to Old High German wurchen, German wirken, Old Norse yrkja, Gothic waurkjan]

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