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English definition of “work at sth”

work at sth

phrasal verb with work     /wɜːk/ US  /wɝːk/ verb
B2 to try hard to achieve something: Most couples would agree that for a marriage to succeed, both parties have to work at it. [+ -ing verb] You need to work at improving your writing.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
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