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work

verb [I or T, + adv/prep] (SUCCEED IN BECOMING)    /wɜːk/ US  /wɝːk/
to succeed gradually in becoming something or cause a person or thing to become something, either by making an effort or by making many small movements: He started as a technician and worked his way up through the company to become managing director. Eventually she worked her way through (= read) the huge amount of technical papers. Vibration tends to make nuts and screws work themselves loose. The screws had worked loose over time.Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
(Definition of work verb (SUCCEED IN BECOMING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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