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Definition of "work" []

  • Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something. (noun)
  • A job; employment: looking for work. (noun)
  • A trade, profession, or other means of livelihood. (noun)
  • Something that one is doing, making, or performing, especially as an occupation or undertaking; a duty or task: begin the day's work. (noun)
  • An amount of such activity either done or required: a week's work. (noun)
  • Physical or mental effort directed towards doing or making something (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Paid employment at a job or a trade, occupation, or profession (noun)
  • A duty, task, or undertaking (noun)
  • Something done, made, etc, as a result of effort or exertion (noun)
  • Materials or tasks on which to expend effort or exertion (noun)
  • The place, office, etc, where a person is employed (noun)
  • Any piece of material that is undergoing a manufacturing operation or process; workpiece (noun)
  • Decoration or ornamentation, esp of a specified kind (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • An engineering structure such as a bridge, building, etc (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • A structure, wall, etc, built or used as part of a fortification system (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or used for work (noun)
  • To exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something (verb)
  • To be employed (verb)
  • To carry on operations, activity, etc, in (a place or area) (verb)
  • To cause to labour or toil (verb)
  • To operate or cause to operate, esp properly or effectively (verb)
  • To till or cultivate (land) (verb)
  • To handle or manipulate or be handled or manipulated (verb)
  • To shape, form, or process or be shaped, formed, or processed (verb)
  • To reach or cause to reach a specific condition, esp gradually (verb)
  • To solve (a mathematical problem) (verb)
  • To move in agitation (verb)
  • To provoke or arouse (verb)
  • To effect or accomplish (verb)
  • To make (one's way) with effort (verb)
  • To make or decorate by hand in embroidery, tapestry, etc (verb)
  • (of a mechanism) to move in a loose or otherwise imperfect fashion (verb)
  • (of liquids) to ferment, as in brewing (verb)
  • To manipulate or exploit to one's own advantage (verb)
  • To cheat or swindle (verb)

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Use "work" in a sentence
  • "If anyone has seen such a study that shows that various humans require more calories to do the same amount of work note: a 110lb woman walking 1 mile is not doing the same _work_ as a 300lb man walking 1 mile, I'd love to see it."
  • "And that worked proved invaluable for our work on law review and for *my work* as a practicing lawyer."
  • "I could doubtless spend another hour or two browsing the You Tube clips of their work -- I'll save that for dessert when I've done some work*&%# first."