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work

noun     /wɜːk/
EFFORT [U] B1 the use of physical or mental effort to do something: Decorating that room was hard work.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effort
PLACE [U] A1 the place where you go to do your job : He had an accident at work.Jobs, careers and professionsWorking
JOB [U] A1 something you do as a job to earn money : Has she got any work yet ? Many young people are out of work (= they do not have a job ).Jobs, careers and professionsWorkingWork, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work
ACTIVITY [U] A2 the activities that you have to do at school , for your job , etc : Have you got a lot of work to do? The teacher said she was pleased with my work.Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work
get/set to work (on sth) to start doing somethingStarting and beginningStarting again
ART/MUSIC ETC [C, U] B2 a painting , book , piece of music , etc : The exhibition includes works by Picasso and Klee. the complete works of ShakespeareArt and culture
→ See also donkey work, work of art, do sb's dirty work, have your work cut out
(Definition of work noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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