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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the use of energy or effort to achieve a result by doing or making something; labor.
It takes a lot of hard work to build a house.
labor, toil
leisure, play
similar words:
action, drudgery, effort, industry, service, struggle, trouble
definition 2: a task or project that uses such effort.
He finished his work at the office.
job, project, task
similar words:
activity, assignment, charge, chore, commission, duty, endeavor, exercise, function, mission, office
definition 3: something made or done as the result of such effort.
His painting was a work of art.
creation, deed, product
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accomplishment, achievement, act, artifact, composition, effort, exploit, feat, fruit, masterpiece, piece
definition 4: a job.
She enjoys her work with children.
employment, job, occupation, position
similar words:
business, career, field, labor, line, livelihood, profession, pursuit, trade, vocation
definition 5: the location or operation of a particular business or industry. (plural)
Steel is manufactured at the steel works.
factory, plant
similar words:
business, enterprise, foundry, mill, shop, yard
part of speech: verb
inflections: worked, working, works, wrought
definition 1: to have a job.
He works at the bank.
definition 2: to run or act properly.
The car doesn't work.
function, operate, run
similar words:
go, handle, perform
definition 3: to use; handle.
I don't know how to work the oven.
handle, operate, use
similar words:
activate, busy, control, employ, manage, run
definition 4: to cause to be or happen; bring about.
Her careful teaching worked wonders to improve the student's grades.
cause, effect
similar words:
accomplish, arrange, contrive, do, execute, make, manage, perform, produce, wreak
definition 5: to cause to produce, act, or do work.
She works her horses hard.
similar words:
drill, drive, exercise, exploit, manage, press, push, sweat, train
Word Builder: work +
  • workday:
    the amount of time out of 24 hours you spend working.
  • worker:
    a person who works.
  • worksheet:
    a sheet of paper on which you do written work.
  • workstation:
    the area in a workplace where you do your work.
  • work-study:
    a program that helps you find a part-time job to pay for your college education.
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conventionally associated with work
lack of work
some work activities
some accessories for working
some examples of work
some forms of payment for work
some groups associated with work
some kinds of work
some people associated with work
some places for work