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Pronounce Work as W OW R K.

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  • Traditional IPA Phonetic transcription of work: | woʊrk |
  • Modern IPA Phonetic transcription of work: | wɒrk |

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Meanings for work

to complete tasks, especially at one’s job or to earn money


activity directed toward making or doing something

"she checked several points needing further work"

work, piece of work(noun)

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"

employment, work(noun)

the occupation for which you are paid

"he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"

study, work(noun)

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"


(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"

workplace, work(noun)

a place where work is done

"he arrived at work early today"

oeuvre, work, body of work(verb)

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"


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"

work, do work(verb)

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"

work, act(verb)

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"

function, work, operate, go, run(verb)

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"

work, work on, process(verb)

shape, form, or improve a material

"work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"

exercise, work, work out(verb)

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"

make, work(verb)

proceed along a path

"work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"


operate in a certain place, area, or specialty

"She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"


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"


move in an agitated manner

"His fingers worked with tension"

bring, work, play, wreak, make for(verb)

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"

work, put to work(verb)

cause to work

"he is working his servants hard"

cultivate, crop, work(verb)

prepare for crops

"Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"


behave in a certain way when handled

"This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"

influence, act upon, work(verb)

have and exert influence or effect

"The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"


operate in or through

"Work the phones"


cause to operate or function

"This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"


provoke or excite

"The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"


gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

"the political candidate worked the crowds"

shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge(verb)

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"


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"

knead, work(verb)

make uniform

"knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"

exploit, work(verb)

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"

solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work(verb)

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"

ferment, work(verb)

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"

sour, turn, ferment, work(verb)

go sour or spoil

"The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"


arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion

"The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"

a literary, musical, or artistic production

unfortunately, many of her works are now out of print

something produced by physical or intellectual effort

the new Web application is the work of a pair of young but highly gifted programmers

the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used or for which a thing exists

the work of a movie director is to tell a story through a series of striking images

the active use of energy in producing a result

put a lot of work into the project

the activity by which one regularly makes a living

what line of work are you in?

a building or set of buildings for the manufacturing of goods

a glass works where high quality glassware is made

to be the cause of (a situation, action, or state of mind)

this new drug can really work wonders

to find an answer for through reasoning

finally figured out how to work the math problem

to have a certain purpose

the human kidneys work as a filtering system for the blood

to produce a desired effect

this headache remedy takes half an hour to work

to set or keep in motion

this pump is worked by hand

to control the mechanical operation of

show me how to work the machine

to devote serious and sustained effort

the organization has worked for years to raise people's awareness of human rights issues

to take unfair advantage of

a young boy who worked his aunt for all she was worth in toys and candy when she visited once a year

Example Sentences of work

I work out.

I work hard.

I work here.

I work a lot.

I work alone.

I work at home.

I work for Tom.

I can work late.

I work at a bar.

I work too much.

Synonyms for work

piece of work workplace body of work employment oeuvre study employ use utilisation exercise usage utilization engagement subject report discipline subject area sketch cogitation written report survey field field of study bailiwick subject field knead turn operate act shape bring work out run function put to work forge lick solve make figure out form mould sour exploit go play do work make for mold puzzle out act upon process crop ferment influence work on wreak cultivate dissemble move behave roleplay pretend playact do represent act as perish break away give way hold out hunt endure lead give out unravel carry fit travel take to the woods last die track down go away snuff it bunk run away turn tail head for the hills run low plump fly the coop prevail execute incline drop dead course tend scarper blend in run short croak get going control range serve pass away consort live kick the bucket blend flow hunt down scat break escape rifle locomote lock run for lean belong give up the ghost go bad survive manoeuvre melt down get be given expire ladder draw become bleed manoeuver persist live on campaign engage pop off sound fail conk out extend start depart operate on decease hold up proceed break down lam melt exit conk buy the farm ply hightail it feed choke race guide die hard pass mesh officiate black market maneuver litigate treat work at march swear out action sue elaborate exert work up figure cipher compute calculate drill practice cypher practise reckon wee wee take micturate bring in construct have lay down piddle hold piss constitute earn reach make believe get to shit defecate name pass water stimulate progress to create crap take a shit make water gain ready establish realize make up give attain pull in induce pee wee ca ca prepare hit produce score build throw arrive at pee pee relieve oneself spend a penny take in puddle take a crap clear cook nominate take a leak cause urinate fix realise stool seduce take on land fiddle bet impart add flirt trifle meet spiel dally fetch toy encounter bestow recreate institute diddle convey contribute lend wager clip civilise prune civilize pasture trim browse naturalise train naturalize tame educate school domesticate graze cut back snip lop dress regulate determine tempt charm spring model excogitate imprint spurt organize take form cast fake invent spirt take shape fashion hammer organise mildew counterfeit formulate contrive devise massage rub down overwork tap lap up bat cream drub clobber thrash resolve lap bend wrick deform change state move around twist release rick call on acidify flex wrench plow acetify grow sprain change by reversal turn over reverse acidulate plough achievement business deed doing drudgery exertion labor occupation performance product production toil effort effect result composition operation is sue fruit be in action moil drudge strive be diligent be at work perform succeed get on effervesce heave be tossed be agitated labor upon operate upon originate accomplish bring about keep at work strain embroider feat fabric structure manufacture book literary production management treatment working job labour works task travail activities travaux jobs efforts activity collaborate tasks cooperate arbeit functioning lavoro force walk trabajo occupational worked trabalho duties discussion professional travailler collaboration number opus piece affair handiwork output thing yield capacity part place position purpose role rôle elbow grease expenditure pains sweat trouble while calling game lay line profession trade vocation factory manufactory mill plant shop workshop beget breed bring on catalyze draw on effectuate engender generate invoke occasion prompt result (in) spawn translate (into) answer crack dope (out) puzzle (out) riddle (out) unriddle actuate drive impel propel handle bang away beaver (away) dig (away) endeavor fag grub hump hustle peg (away) plod plug slave slog struggle tug abuse capitalize (on) cash in (on) impose (on or upon) leverage milk pimp play (on or upon)

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Work in different languages

  • عملArabic
  • arbejde Danish
  • trabajo Spanish
  • travail French
  • kerja Indonesian
  • עֲבוֹדָהformer Hebrew
  • 作業Japanese
  • trabalho Portuguese
  • Работа Russian
  • Turkish
  • کامUrdu

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