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English definition of “work”

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 them selves 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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