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Noun work has 7 senses
  1. work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
    --1 is a kind of
    activity
    --1 has particulars:
     wash, washing, lavation; action; job; job; operation, procedure; service; shining, polishing; heavy lifting; housewifery; housework, housekeeping; ironing; busywork, make-work; logging; loose end, unfinished business; nightwork; paperwork; welfare work, social service; labor, labour, toil; subbing, substituting; investigation, investigating; care, attention, aid, tending; duty; mission, missionary work; spadework; timework; undertaking, project, task, labor; coursework
    Derived forms: verb work9, verb work8, verb work1, verb work12
  2. work, piece of work - 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"
    --2 is a kind of product, production
    --2 has particulars:
     follow-up, followup; handicraft, handcraft, handiwork, handwork; ironwork; lacework; lacquerware; leatherwork; masterpiece, chef-d'oeuvre; metalwork; openwork; silverwork; wicker, wickerwork, caning; woodwork; work in progress; workpiece; publication
    Derived forms: verb work3, verb work1
  3. employment, work - the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"
    --3 is a kind of occupation, business, job, line of work, line
    --3 has particulars:
     coaching, coaching job; engagement, booking; seafaring, navigation, sailing; workload; piecework; service; telecommuting, teleworking; services; public service; paper route
    Derived forms: verb work12, verb work2
  4. study, work - 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"
    --4 is a kind of learning, acquisition
  5. oeuvre, work, body of work - 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"
    --5 is a kind of end product, output
    --5 has particulars: writing
  6. workplace, work - a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
    --6 is a kind of geographic point, geographical point
    --6 has parts: locker room
    --6 has particulars:
     bakery, bakeshop, bakehouse; beehive; brokerage house, brokerage; central, telephone exchange, exchange; colliery, pit; creamery; drill site; exchange; farm; fishery, piscary; fish farm; forge, smithy; gasworks; glassworks; ironworks; job; lab, laboratory, research lab, research laboratory, science lab, science laboratory; laundry; lumberyard; oyster bed, oyster bank, oyster park; proving ground; ropewalk, rope yard; roundhouse; shipyard; shop floor; studio; studio; tannery; test bed; waterworks; workshop, shop
  7. work - (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 is a kind of
    energy
Verb work has 27 senses
  1. work - 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"
    Antonyms:
    idle, laze, slug, stagnate
    Derived forms: noun worker4, noun work2, noun work1, noun worker1, noun worker3
    Sample sentence:
    Sam and Sue work
  2. work, do work - 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"
    Derived forms: noun work3, noun worker1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
  3. work, act - 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"
    --3 is one way to succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods
    Derived form: noun work2
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
  4. function, work, operate, go, run - 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"
    Sample sentence:
    These cars won't work
  5. work, work on, process - shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
    --5 is one way to transform, transmute, transubstantiate
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  6. exercise, work, work out - give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"
    --6 is one way to work, put to work
    Sample sentence:
    They work the animals
  7. make, work - proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"
    --7 is one way to pass, go through, go across
    Sample sentence:
    They work up the hill
  8. work - operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
    --8 is one way to
    work
    Derived form: noun work1
    Sample sentence:
    They work in the city
  9. work - 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"
    --9 is one way to
    go, proceed, move
    Derived form: noun work1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s PP
  10. work - move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension"
    --10 is one way to
    move, displace
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  11. bring, work, play, wreak, make for - 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"
    --11 is one way to make, create
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  12. work, put to work - cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"
    --12 is one way to use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
    Derived forms: noun work3, noun work1
    Sample sentence:
    They work the animals
  13. cultivate, crop, work - prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
    --13 is one way to fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  14. work - behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
    --14 is one way to
    be
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s Adjective/Noun
  15. influence, act upon, work - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
    --15 is one way to affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
    => Somebody ----s PP
  16. work - operate in or through; "Work the phones"
    --16 is one way to
    operate, run
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  17. work - cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
    --17 is one way to
    manage, deal, care, handle
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  18. work - provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
    --18 is one way to
    stimulate, excite, stir
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  19. work - gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds"
    --19 is one way to
    capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  20. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge - make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
    --20 is one way to create from raw material, create from raw stuff
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s something PP
  21. work - 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"
    --21 is one way to
    move, displace
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s PP
  22. knead, work - make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"
    --22 is one way to manipulate
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  23. exploit, work - 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"
    --23 is one way to use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  24. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work - 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"
    --24 is one way to understand
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  25. ferment, work - 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"
    --25 is one way to convert
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  26. sour, turn, ferment, work - go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
    --26 is one way to change state, turn
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  27. work - arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
    --27 is one way to
    become, go, get
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s Adjective/Noun
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