› HR the job that someone does, usually to earn money: full-time/part-time work Many pensioners will have to consider part-time work to supplement their retirement plans.find/get/look for work The government's initiative helps the unemployed find work. He's been out of work for six months now. permanent/regular/temporary work paid/unpaid/voluntary work badly paid/well-paid work give up/go back to/return to work
› WORKPLACE a place, such as an office, a factory, etc., where someone goes to do their job: The Managing Director always arrived at work early and stayed late. She claimed her stress was the result of the bank's hostile work environment. be at/go to/leave work What time do you go to work in the morning?
› WORKPLACE the responsibilities that are part of your job: start/finish/stop work I don't finish work until 6.30 pm. I need to take some time off work to look after my son. Analysts refer to various sources of information to help them make investment decisions in their day-to-day work. The government launched an inquiry into the work of the Monetary Policy Committee. do/enjoy/hate your work factory/manual/office work administrative/clerical/secretarial work
› WORKPLACE the tasks that need to be completed: do/produce/take on work The department can't take on any more work until this project is finished. I always end up taking work home at the weekend.
› the mental or physical effort involved in doing or achieving something: The builders started work on the new offices last week.carry out/put in work The whole team put in a lot of hard work to win the contract. We need to set to work on reviewing our claims system. The finance department has been hard at work on its year-end report. Management still has a lot of work to do to ensure the company's future. The committee's report was a very good piece of work. good/hard work innovative/major/outstanding work
works › [plural] UK the activity of building or repairing something: engineering/repair works The road was closed for essential repair works. works › [C] PRODUCTION an industrial building where materials or goods are manufactured: Residents protested about the waste produced by the nearby industrial works. a chemical/gas/steel works the works foreman/manager/supervisor the works close down/open
have your work cut out for you informal › to have something very difficult to do: The government has its work cut out for it trying to reduce the national deficit.
in the works › in the process of being planned or discussed: Protesters claim the proposed cuts had been in the works for months. → See also assignment work, casual, contingent work, make-work, out of work, piecework, public works, welfare to work, work in progress → See Note job