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work

verb  us   /wɜrk/

work verb (DO A JOB)

[I/T] to do a job, esp. a job you do to earn money: [T] She works long hours. [T] Richie worked the night shift. [I] Designers worked with the director. [I] Mike works for a computer company. [I] Medics were working on him for an hour. [I] She worked on the project with Luce. [I] Anna works well with others. [I] I have to work on Saturday.

work verb (PERFORM AS INTENDED)

[I/T] to perform as intended or desired, or to cause something to do what it was intended to do: [I] The medicine ought to work right away. [I] Our plan worked perfectly. [T] I don’t know how to work this computer. [T] He knows how to work the system (= get what he wants from it).

work verb (HAVE EFFECT)

[I always + adv/prep] (of a condition or fact) to have an effect, esp. one that either helps or causes difficulties: Time was working against us. Jimmie has a lot working in his favor.

work verb (MAKE OBJECT)

[T] to shape something with your hands: She carefully works the clay.

work

noun  us   /wɜrk/

work noun (FORCE)

physics [U] force used on an object multiplied by the distance it moves the object, measured in joules

work noun (PLACE)

[U] the place where a person regularly goes to do his or her job: I had to leave work early. Does it take long to commute to work?

work noun (OBJECT)

[C] an object produced as a result of effort, esp. something intended to be art: The museum is showing works by 20th-century artists.

work noun (DO A JOB)

[U] the use of effort to do or make something that has value, and for which you are usually paid: outdoor/office/manual work Steve’s out of work again (= not employed).
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