Definition of WORK

noun : WORK

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) activity directed toward making or doing something; "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; "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; "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); "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; "work equals force times distance" ;

  • 7. (

    ) 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" ;

verb : WORK

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 2. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 3. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 4. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 6. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest" ;

  • 8. (

    ) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "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; "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; "His fingers worked with tension" ;

  • 11. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 14. (

    ) behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well" ;

  • 15. (

    ) have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate" ;

  • 16. (

    ) operate in or through; "Work the phones" ;

  • 17. (

    ) cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?" ;

  • 18. (

    ) provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy" ;

  • 19. (

    ) gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds" ;