Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Spanish translation of “work”

work

noun /wəːk/
effort made in order to achieve or make something
trabajo
He has done a lot of work on this project
employment
trabajo
I cannot find work in this town.
a task or tasks; the thing that one is working on
trabajo
Please clear your work off the table.
a painting, book, piece of music etc
obra
the works of Van Gogh / Shakespeare/Mozart This work was composed in 1816.
the product or result of a person’s labours/labors
trabajo
His work has shown a great improvement lately.
one’s place of employment
trabajo
He left (his) work at 5.30 p.m. I don’t think I’ll go to work tomorrow.
-work suffix (the art of making) goods of a particular material
trabajo de
He learns woodwork at school This shop sells basketwork.
parts of something, eg a building, made of a particular material
obra de
The stonework/woodwork/paintwork needs to be renewed.
workable adjective (of a plan) able to be carried out
práctico
a workable solution.
worker noun a person who works or who is employed in an office, a factory etc
trabajador
office workers car workers.
a manual worker rather than an office-worker etc.
obrero
a person who works (hard etc)
trabajador
He’s a slow/hard worker.
works noun singular or plural a factory etc
fábrica
The steelworks is/are closed for the holidays.
work-basket noun ( work-box) a basket, box etc for holding thread, needlework etc.
costurero, cesto de labor
workbook noun a book of exercises usually with spaces for answers.
cuaderno de ejercicios
workforce noun the number of workers (available for work) in a particular industry, factory etc
mano de obra
The factory has a workforce of about 300 people.
working class noun the section of society who work with their hands, doing manual labour.
proletariado
working day noun ( work-day) a day on which one goes to work, and is not on holiday.
día laborable
the period of actual labour in a normal day at work
jornada de trabajo
My working day is eight hours long.
working hours noun plural the times of day between which one is at work
horas de trabajo
Normal working hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
working party noun (plural working parties, work parties) ( work party) a group of people gathered together (usually voluntarily) to perform a particular physical task
grupo de trabajo
They organized a work party to clear the canal of weeds.
working week noun the five days from Monday to Friday inclusive when people go to work.
semana laborable
workman noun (plural workmen) a man who does manual work
obrero; obrera
the workmen on a building site.
workmanlike adjective suitable to a good workman
profesional, competente
a workmanlike attitude.
well performed
bien hecho
a workmanlike job.
workmanship noun the skill of a qualified workman; skill in making things
habilidad
We were admiring the superb workmanship of the sculpture.
workmate noun one of the people who work in the same place of employment as oneself
compañero de trabajo
Her workmates teased her about being the boss’s favourite.
workout noun a period of hard physical exercise for the purpose of keeping fit etc
entreno
Do these exercises as part of you daily workout.
workplace noun the office, factory, or other place where people work
lugar de trabajo
sexual discrimination in the workplace.
worksheet noun a piece of paper that has questions and exercises for students to do.
hoja de ejercicios
workshop noun a room or building, especially in a factory etc where construction and repairs are carried out.
taller
a course of experimental work for a group of people on a particular project.
taller
workstation noun a desk and a computer for one person to work at in an office.
oficina
a computer that is part of a computer network in a place such as an office.
oficina
at work working
trabajando
He’s writing a novel and he likes to be at work (on it) by eight o’clock every morning.
get/set to work to start work
ponerse a trabajar, ponerse manos a la obra
Could you get to work painting that ceiling? I’ll have to set to work on this mending this evening.
go to work on to begin work on
empezar a hacer
We’re thinking of going to work on an extension to the house.
have one’s work cut out to be faced with a difficult task
costarle a uno mucho trabajo hacer algo
You’ll have your work cut out to beat the champion.
in working order (of a machine etc) operating correctly
funcionando, en marcha, en condiciones
Despite its age, the clock was in perfect working order.
out of work adjective having no employment
parado
He’s been out of work for months.
work of art noun a painting, sculpture etc.
obra de arte
work off phrasal verb to get rid of (something unwanted or unpleasant) by taking physical exercise etc
desahogarse
He worked off his anger by running round the garden six times.
work out phrasal verb to solve or calculate correctly
calcular
I can’t work out how many should be left.
to come to a satisfactory end
solucionar, resolver
Don’t worry – it will all work out (in the end).
to perform physical exercises
hacer ejercicio
She works out every day.
work up phrasal verb to excite or rouse gradually
exaltar, acalorar, poner nervioso, emocionar
She worked herself up into a fury (adjective worked-up) Don’t get so worked-up!
to raise or create
llegar a tener
I just can’t work up any energy/appetite/enthusiasm today.
work up to phrasal verb to progress towards and prepare for
preparar el terreno para
Work up to the difficult exercises gradually.
work wonders to produce marvellous results
hacer milagros
These pills have worked wonders for my rheumatism.
(Definition of work from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Complicated and difficult to do, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “work” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

give the green light to sth

to give permission for someone to do something or for something to happen

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More