Spanish translation of “work”
work noun /wəːk/
› effort made in order to achieve or make something
He has done a lot of work on this project › employment
I cannot find work in this town. › a task or tasks; the thing that one is working on
Please clear your work off the table. › a painting, book, piece of music etc
the works of Van Gogh / Shakespeare/Mozart This work was composed in 1816. › the product or result of a person’s labours/labors
His work has shown a great improvement lately. › one’s place of employment
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
He learns woodwork at school This shop sells basketwork. › parts of something, eg a building, made of a particular material
The stonework/woodwork/paintwork needs to be renewed. workable adjective › (of a plan) able to be carried out
a workable solution. worker noun › a person who works or who is employed in an office, a factory etc
office workers car workers. › a manual worker rather than an office-worker etc.
› a person who works (hard etc)
He’s a slow/hard worker. works noun singular or plural › a factory etc
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.
working day noun ( work-day) › a day on which one goes to work, and is not on holiday.
› 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.
workman noun (plural workmen) › a man who does manual work
the workmen on a building site. workmanlike adjective › suitable to a good workman
a workmanlike attitude. › well performed
a workmanlike job. workmanship noun › the skill of a qualified workman; skill in making things
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
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.
› a course of experimental work for a group of people on a particular project.
workstation noun › a desk and a computer for one person to work at in an office.
› a computer that is part of a computer network in a place such as an office.
at work › working
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
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
He worked off his anger by running round the garden six times. work out phrasal verb › to solve or calculate correctly
I can’t work out how many should be left. › to come to a satisfactory end
Don’t worry – it will all work out (in the end). › to perform physical exercises
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
These pills have worked wonders for my rheumatism.