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Meaning of work

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      n 1: activity directed toward making or doing something; "she
           checked several points needing further work"
      2: a product produced or accomplished through the effort or
         activity or agency of a person or thing; "it is not regarded
         as one of his more memorable works"; "the symphony was hailed
         as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering
         work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination";
         "erosion is the work of wind or water over time" [syn:
         {work}, {piece of work}]
      3: the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for
         employment"; "a lot of people are out of work" [syn:
         {employment}, {work}]
      4: applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject
         (especially by reading); "mastering a second language
         requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study in
         interior design" [syn: {study}, {work}]
      5: (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy
         from one physical system to another expressed as the product
         of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in
         the direction of that force; "work equals force times
      6: a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
         [syn: {workplace}, {work}]
      7: the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part
         of it); "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre"; "Picasso's
         work can be divided into periods" [syn: {oeuvre}, {work},
         {body of work}]
      v 1: exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a
           purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve
           my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions
           for the poor" [ant: {idle}, {laze}, {slug}, {stagnate}]
      2: be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never
         worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She
         never did any work because she inherited a lot of money";
         "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"
         [syn: {work}, {do work}]
      3: have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;
         "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought";
         "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't
         work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine
         works only if you take it with a lot of water" [syn: {work},
      4: perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't
         go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run
         well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore" [syn:
         {function}, {work}, {operate}, {go}, {run}] [ant:
         {malfunction}, {misfunction}]
      5: shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools";
         "process iron"; "work the metal" [syn: {work}, {work on},
      6: give a workout to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My
         personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"; "this
         puzzle will exercise your mind" [syn: {exercise}, {work},
         {work out}]
      7: proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd";
         "make one's way into the forest" [syn: {make}, {work}]
      8: operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works
         the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This
         artist works mostly in acrylics"
      9: proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an
         activity; "work your way through every problem or task"; "She
         was working on her second martini when the guests arrived";
         "Start from the bottom and work towards the top"
      10: move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with
      11: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; "I cannot work
          a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke";
          "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area" [syn:
          {bring}, {work}, {play}, {wreak}, {make for}]
      12: cause to work; "he is working his servants hard" [syn:
          {work}, {put to work}]
      13: prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
          [syn: {cultivate}, {crop}, {work}]
      14: behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not
          work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
      15: have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work
          influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to
          support the political candidate" [syn: {influence}, {act
          upon}, {work}]
      16: operate in or through; "Work the phones"
      17: cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the
          controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
      18: provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of
          young girls into a frenzy"
      19: gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the
          political candidate worked the crowds"
      20: make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded
          the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough";
          "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword" [syn:
          {shape}, {form}, {work}, {mold}, {mould}, {forge}]
      21: move into or onto; "work the raisins into the dough"; "the
          student worked a few jokes into his presentation"; "work the
          body onto the flatbed truck"
      22: make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is
          soft" [syn: {knead}, {work}]
      23: use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new
          taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he
          works his parents for sympathy" [syn: {exploit}, {work}]
      24: find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand
          the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your
          problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't
          going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get
          my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem" [syn:
          {solve}, {work out}, {figure out}, {puzzle out}, {lick},
      25: cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a
          very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The
          vintner worked the wine in big oak vats" [syn: {ferment},
      26: go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked";
          "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" [syn:
          {sour}, {turn}, {ferment}, {work}]
      27: arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The
          stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt
          many times"

Source : WordNet ® Princeton University. 2010.

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