Translation of "work" - English-Portuguese dictionary

work

verb uk /wɜːk/ us /wɜrk/

A1 to do a job that you get money for

trabalhar
Helen works for a computer company.
He works as a waiter in an Italian restaurant.

A2 If a machine or piece of equipment works, it is not broken.

funcionar
The fridge isn’t working.

B1 If something works, it is successful.

funcionar, dar certo
Her plan to get rid of me didn’t work.
work your fingers to the bone

to work extremely hard, especially for a long time

matar-se de trabalhar
She worked her fingers to the bone to provide a home and food for seven children.

Phrasal verb(s)

noun uk /wɜːk/ us /wɜrk/

A1 [ no plural ] something you do to get money

trabalho, emprego
Has she found any work yet?

A1 [ no plural ] the place where you go to do your job

trabalho
He had an accident at work.

A2 [ no plural ] the activities that you do at school, for your job, etc.

trabalho
Do you have a lot of work to do?

B1 [ no plural ] the effort needed to do something

trabalho
Painting that room was hard work.
be out of work

B1 not having a job

estar sem trabalho, estar desempregado
I’ve been out of work for the last six months.

a painting, book, piece of music, etc.

obra
the complete works of Shakespeare
get/set to work

to start doing something

começar a trabalhar
I need to get to work on my essay.
get to work

to start doing something

começar a trabalhar
I need to get to work on my essay.
have your work cut out

to have something very difficult to do

ter um trabalho difícil pela frente
It’s a demanding job – she’s going to have her work cut out for her.

(Translation of “work” from the Cambridge English–Portuguese Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)