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            1 work /?w?k/ verb
            works; worked; working
            1 work
            works; worked; working
            Learner's definition of WORK
            : to have a job
            [no object]
            [+ object]
            : to do things as part of your job
            [no object]
            [+ object]
            [+ object] : to do work in, on, or at (an area, event, etc.)
            [no object] : to do something that involves physical or mental effort
            [+ object] : to force (someone or something) to do something that involves physical or mental effort
            [+ object] : to use and control (something)
            [no object] : to perform or operate in the correct way
            [no object]
            : to have the intended effect or result
            always followed by an adverb or preposition : to have a particular effect or result
            [+ object] : to cause (something) to happen
            : to move (something) into or out of a particular position slowly or with difficulty
            [+ object]
            [no object]
            see also work your way (below)
            [+ object] : to bring (something) into a desired shape or form by cutting it, pressing it, etc.
            [+ object] : to talk to and try to gain the friendship or support of (the people in a group)

            work around

            [phrasal verb] or chiefly British work round
            work around/round (something) : to organize things or proceed in a way that avoids (something, such as a problem)
            work around/round to (something) : to start talking or writing about (a subject, issue, etc.) after talking or writing about other things

            work at

            [phrasal verb]
            work at (something)
            : to make an effort to do (something) better

            work in

            [phrasal verb]
            work (something) in or work in (something)
            : to add or include (something) in a conversation, essay, etc.
            : to stir or mix (something) into something
            work (someone or something) in US : to make an amount of time available for (someone or something)

            work into

            [phrasal verb]
            work (something) into (something)
            : to add or include (something) in (something)
            : to stir or mix (something) into (something)
            work (someone) into (something) : to gradually cause (someone) to be in (an excited, angry, or frightened state)

            work it/things

            : to arrange your activities in a particular way so that it is possible for something to happen or be done

            work off

            [phrasal verb]
            work off (something) or work (something) off
            : to pay (a debt) by working
            : to lose or get rid of (something) by physical activity

            work on

            [phrasal verb]
            work on (something) : to be in the process of making (something), doing (something), etc.
            work on doing (something) : to make an effort to do (something)
            work on (someone) : to try to influence or persuade (someone) to do something

            work out

            [phrasal verb]
            : to perform athletic exercises in order to improve your health or physical fitness
            : to happen, develop, or end in a desired or successful way
            : to happen, develop, or end in a particular way or to have a particular result
            work out (something) or work (something) out
            : to find or create (something, such as a solution or a plan) by thinking
            : to use mathematics to solve (something)
            work (someone) out or work out (someone) British : to understand the behavior of (someone)

            work over

            [phrasal verb]
            work (someone) over informal
            : to hurt (someone) by hitting, kicking, etc.

            work through

            [phrasal verb]
            : to deal with (something that is difficult or unpleasant) successfully

            work to

            [phrasal verb]
            work to (something) chiefly British
            : to work within the limits of (something)

            work up

            [phrasal verb]
            work (someone) up : to make (someone) feel very angry, excited, upset, etc. see also worked up
            work up (something) or work (something) up
            : to produce (something) by physical or mental effort
            chiefly British : to improve your skill at (something) or increase your knowledge of (something)
            chiefly British : to develop or expand (something) usually + into
            work up to (something) : to reach (something, such as a rate or level) by gradually increasing in speed, intensity, etc.

            work wonders

            see 1wonder

            work your fingers to the bone

            see 1finger

            work your magic

            see 1magic

            work your way

            : to move yourself into or out of a particular position slowly or with difficulty
            sometimes used figuratively
            ? If you work your way through college/school, you have a job that helps you pay for your expenses while you go to college/school.
            2 work /?w?k/ noun
            plural works
            2 work
            plural works
            Learner's definition of WORK
            : a job or activity that you do regularly especially in order to earn money
            see also life's work, social work
            : the place where you do your job
            : the things that you do especially as part of your job
            : things (such as papers, files, etc.) that you use to do your job
            see also donkey work, fieldwork, groundwork, homework, housework, legwork, paperwork, piecework, schoolwork
            : physical or mental effort that is used to perform a job or achieve a goal
            : the process or activity of working
            ? Phrases like good work, nice work, etc., are used to tell people that they have done something very well.
            [noncount] : something that is produced or done by someone
            : something (such as a book, song, or painting) that is produced by a writer, musician, artist, etc.
            see also artwork, handiwork, handwork
            works [plural] : roads, bridges, dams, and similar structures : structures that are built by engineers see also public works, waterworks
            works : a place where industrial labor is done : a factory
            see also gasworks
            the works : the moving parts of a machine sometimes used figuratively
            the works informal : everything
            [noncount] physics : the energy that is used when a force is applied over a given distance

            at work

            : actively doing work
            : doing your regular job
            : having an effect or influence

            have your work cut out for you

            ? If you have your work cut out for you, the thing you need to do is very difficult, and you have to work very hard to achieve it.

            in the works

            : in the process of being prepared, developed, or completed

            in work

            : having a regular job

            make short/quick/light work of

            : to make it possible for (something) to be done quickly or easily
            ? The expression many hands make light work means that people can do things more quickly and easily when they work together.
            : to finish (something) or defeat (someone) quickly and easily

            out of work

            : without a regular job

            put/throw a spanner in the works

            see spanner

            throw a wrench into the works

            see 1wrench
            see also piece of work
            3 work /?w?k/ adjective
            3 work
            Learner's definition of WORK
            always used before a noun
            : suitable to be worn while you are working
            : of or relating to a person's job