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English Dictionary: work by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
work
n
  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"
    Synonym(s): work, piece of work
  3. the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"
    Synonym(s): employment, 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"
    Synonym(s): study, work
  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"
  6. a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
    Synonym(s): workplace, work
  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"
    Synonym(s): oeuvre, work, body of work
v
  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"
    Antonym(s): idle, laze, slug, stagnate
  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"
    Synonym(s): work, do work
  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"
    Synonym(s): work, act
  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"
    Synonym(s): function, work, operate, go, run
    Antonym(s): malfunction, misfunction
  5. shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
    Synonym(s): work, work on, process
  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"
    Synonym(s): exercise, work, work out
  7. proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"
    Synonym(s): make, work
  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"
    Synonym(s): bring, work, play, wreak, make for
  12. cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"
    Synonym(s): work, put to work
  13. prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
    Synonym(s): cultivate, crop, work
  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"
    Synonym(s): influence, act upon, work
  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"
  20. 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"
    Synonym(s): shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge
  21. 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"
  22. make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"
    Synonym(s): knead, work
  23. 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"
    Synonym(s): exploit, work
  24. 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"
    Synonym(s): solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work
  25. 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"
    Synonym(s): ferment, work
  26. go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
    Synonym(s): sour, turn, ferment, work
  27. arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Work \Work\, n. [OE. work, werk, weork, AS. weorc, worc; akin to
      OFries. werk, wirk, OS., D., & G. werk, OHG. werc, werah,
      Icel. & Sw. verk, Dan. v[91]rk, Goth. gawa[a3]rki, Gr. [?],
      [?], work, [?] to do, [?] an instrument, [?] secret rites,
      Zend verez to work. [?][?][?][?]. Cf. {Bulwark}, {Energy},
      {Erg}, {Georgic}, {Liturgy}, {Metallurgy}, {Organ},
      {Surgeon}, {Wright}.]
      1. Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or
            intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial
            activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically,
            physically labor.
  
                     Man hath his daily work of body or mind Appointed.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      2. The matter on which one is at work; that upon which one
            spends labor; material for working upon; subject of
            exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to
            take up one's work; to drop one's work.
  
                     Come on, Nerissa; I have work in hand That you yet
                     know not of.                                       --Shak.
  
                     In every work that he began . . . he did it with all
                     his heart, and prospered.                  --2 Chron.
                                                                              xxxi. 21.
  
      3. That which is produced as the result of labor; anything
            accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance;
            fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed,
            service, effect, result, achievement, feat.
  
                     To leave no rubs or blotches in the work. --Shak.
  
                     The work some praise, And some the architect.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
                     Fancy . . . Wild work produces oft, and most in
                     dreams.                                             --Milton.
  
                     The composition or dissolution of mixed bodies . . .
                     is the chief work of elements.            --Sir K.
                                                                              Digby.
  
      4. Specifically:
            (a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition;
                  a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison.
            (b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the
                  needle; embroidery.
  
                           I am glad I have found this napkin; . . . I'll
                           have the work ta'en out, And give 't Iago.
                                                                              --Shak.
            (c) pl. Structures in civil, military, or naval
                  engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches,
                  fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and
                  grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron
                  works; locomotive works; gas works.
            (d) pl. The moving parts of a mechanism; as, the works of
                  a watch.
  
      5. Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful
            work spoiled the effect. --Bp. Stillingfleet.
  
      6. (Mech.) The causing of motion against a resisting force.
            The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by,
            the product of the force into the amount of motion along
            the direction of the force. See {Conservation of energy},
            under {Conservation}, {Unit of work}, under {Unit}, also
            {Foot pound}, {Horse power}, {Poundal}, and {Erg}.
  
                     Energy is the capacity of doing work . . . Work is
                     the transference of energy from one system to
                     another.                                             --Clerk
                                                                              Maxwell.
  
      7. (Mining) Ore before it is dressed. --Raymond.
  
      8. pl. (Script.) Performance of moral duties; righteous
            conduct.
  
                     He shall reward every man according to his works.
                                                                              --Matt. xvi.
                                                                              27.
  
                     Faith, if it hath not works, is dead. --James ii.
                                                                              17.
  
      {Muscular work} (Physiol.), the work done by a muscle through
            the power of contraction.
  
      {To go to work}, to begin laboring; to commence operations;
            to contrive; to manage. [bd]I 'll go another way to work
            with him.[b8] --Shak.
  
      {To set on work}, to cause to begin laboring; to set to work.
            [Obs.] --Hooker.
  
      {To set to work}, to employ; to cause to engage in any
            business or labor.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Work \Work\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Worked}, or {Wrought}; p. pr.
      & vb. n. {Working}.] [AS. wyrcean (imp. worthe, wrohte, p. p.
      geworht, gewroht); akin to OFries. werka, wirka, OS. wirkian,
      D. werken, G. wirken, Icel. verka, yrkja, orka, Goth.
      wa[a3]rkjan. [fb]145. See {Work}, n.]
      1. To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for
            the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in
            the performance of a task, a duty, or the like.
  
                     O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work, To
                     match thy goodness?                           --Shak.
  
                     Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw
                     be given you.                                    --Ex. v. 18.
  
                     Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake, Our life
                     doth pass.                                          --Sir J.
                                                                              Davies.
  
      2. Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform;
            as, a machine works well.
  
                     We bend to that the working of the heart. --Shak.
  
      3. Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or
            influence; to conduce.
  
                     We know that all things work together for good to
                     them that love God.                           --Rom. viii.
                                                                              28.
  
                     This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he
                     desired to be taught.                        --Locke.
  
                     She marveled how she could ever have been wrought
                     upon to marry him.                              --Hawthorne.
  
      4. To carry on business; to be engaged or employed
            customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor;
            to toil.
  
                     They that work in fine flax . . . shall be
                     confounded.                                       --Isa. xix. 9.
  
      5. To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a
            state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to
            strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.
  
                     Confused with working sands and rolling waves.
                                                                              --Addison.
  
      6. To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or
            penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; -- with a
            following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through,
            and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work
            into the earth.
  
                     Till body up to spirit work, in bounds Proportioned
                     to each kind.                                    --Milton.
  
      7. To ferment, as a liquid.
  
                     The working of beer when the barm is put in.
                                                                              --Bacon.
  
      8. To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a
            cathartic.
  
                     Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so
                     to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room.
                                                                              --Grew.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Work \Work\, v. t.
      1. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to;
            to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.
  
                     He could have told them of two or three gold mines,
                     and a silver mine, and given the reason why they
                     forbare to work them at that time.      --Sir W.
                                                                              Raleigh.
  
      2. To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or
            toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work
            wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to
            work cotton or wool into cloth.
  
                     Each herb he knew, that works or good or ill.
                                                                              --Harte.
  
      3. To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring
            gradually into any state by action or motion. [bd]Sidelong
            he works his way.[b8] --Milton.
  
                     So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains Of
                     rushing torrents and descending rains, Works itself
                     clear, and as it runs, refines, Till by degrees the
                     floating mirror shines.                     --Addison.
  
      4. To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage;
            to lead. [bd]Work your royal father to his ruin.[b8]
            --Philips.
  
      5. To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to
            embroider; as, to work muslin.
  
      6. To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to
            keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.
  
                     Knowledge in building and working ships.
                                                                              --Arbuthnot.
  
                     Now, Marcus, thy virtue's the proof; Put forth thy
                     utmost strength, work every nerve.      --Addison.
  
                     The mariners all 'gan work the ropes, Where they
                     were wont to do.                                 --Coleridge.
  
      7. To cause to ferment, as liquor.
  
      {To work a passage} (Naut.), to pay for a passage by doing
            work.
  
      {To work double tides} (Naut.), to perform the labor of three
            days in two; -- a phrase which alludes to a practice of
            working by the night tide as well as by the day.
  
      {To work in}, to insert, introduce, mingle, or interweave by
            labor or skill.
  
      {To work into}, to force, urge, or insinuate into; as, to
            work one's self into favor or confidence.
  
      {To work off}, to remove gradually, as by labor, or a gradual
            process; as, beer works off impurities in fermenting.
  
      {To work out}.
            (a) To effect by labor and exertion. [bd]Work out your own
                  salvation with fear and trembling.[b8] --Phil. ii. 12.
            (b) To erase; to efface. [R.]
  
                           Tears of joy for your returning spilt, Work out
                           and expiate our former guilt.      --Dryden.
            (c) To solve, as a problem.
            (d) To exhaust, as a mine, by working.
  
      {To work up}.
            (a) To raise; to excite; to stir up; as, to work up the
                  passions to rage.
  
                           The sun, that rolls his chariot o'er their
                           heads, Works up more fire and color in their
                           cheeks.                                       --Addison.
            (b) To expend in any work, as materials; as, they have
                  worked up all the stock.
            (c) (Naut.) To make over or into something else, as yarns
                  drawn from old rigging, made into spun yarn, foxes,
                  sennit, and the like; also, to keep constantly at work
                  upon needless matters, as a crew in order to punish
                  them. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Work \Work\, n.
      1. (Cricket) Break; twist. [Cant]
  
      2. (Mech.) The causing of motion against a resisting force,
            measured by the product of the force into the component of
            the motion resolved along the direction of the force.
  
                     Energy is the capacity of doing work. . . . Work is
                     the transference of energy from one system to
                     another.                                             --Clerk
                                                                              Maxwell.
  
      3. (Mining) Ore before it is dressed.
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