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Spanish translation of “work”


noun /wəːk/
effort made in order to achieve or make something
He has done a lot of work on this project
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
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 (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 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 ( work-box) etc nouns a basket, box etc for holding thread, needlework etc.
costurero, cesto de labor
workbook noun a book of exercises usually with spaces for answers. workforce noun the number of workers (available for work) in a particular industry, factory etc The factory has a workforce of about 300 people. working class the section of society who work with their hands, doing manual labour.
working day nouns ( 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 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 nouns ( 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 the five days from Monday to Friday inclusive when people go to work.
semana laborable
workman noun a man who does manual work
obrero; obrera
the workmen on a building site.
workmanlike adjective suitable to a good workman a workmanlike attitude. well performed
bien hecho
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.
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. 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 having no employment He’s been out of work for months. work of art a painting, sculpture etc. work off 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 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
hacer ejercicio
She works out every day.
work up to excite or rouse gradually 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 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)

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