[wɜːk] verb I
1) to have a job
Dominic works part-time.[/ex]
She works for a big law firm in the city.[/ex]
She worked as a journalist.[/ex]
I hope to work in marketing when I'm older.[/ex]
2) [I] to spend time and use effort trying to achieve something
I've been working in the garden all day.[/ex]
Our thanks go to everybody who has worked on this project.[/ex]
He worked tirelessly to improve safety conditions in the mines.[/ex]
3) [I] to operate in a satisfactory way
The new telephone system seems to be working perfectly.[/ex]
This pen doesn't work.[/ex]
My brain's not working very well today.[/ex]
4) [I] to succeed, or to have a particular effect
If this plan doesn't work, we'll have to think of something else.[/ex]
The drug works by blocking the spread of the virus.[/ex]
Criticizing your former employer usually works against you in an interview.[/ex]
The new tax system is working in the company's favour.[/ex]
5) [T] to operate a piece of equipment
I don't know how to work this thing.[/ex]
6) [I/T] to move gradually, or to move something gradually
He managed to work one hand free of the rope.[/ex]
- work at sth
- work on sth
- work out
- work sth out
- work sb/sth out
- work up to sth
work */*/*/[wɜːk]
1) [U] a job that you are paid to do
It's not easy to find work (= get a job).[/ex]
I started work (= got my first job) when I was 16.[/ex]
She's been out of work (= unemployed) for over a year.[/ex]
2) [U] activity that involves physical or mental effort
I know you've got a lot of work to do.[/ex]
Thank you for all your hard work.[/ex]
3) [U] a place where someone goes to do their job
I walk to work and take the bus home.[/ex]
4) [C/U] something that someone makes or does
As a writer, she did some of her best work in her late twenties.[/ex]
It's not the best piece of work you've ever done.[/ex]
works of literature[/ex]
5) [C/U] the activity of repairing or building something
The road has been closed for emergency repair works.[/ex]
at work — 1) at the place where you work[/ex]
[i]If he's not at home, he must still be at work.[/ex]

— 2) in the process of doing or making something

She's currently at work on a new book.[/ex]
get/go/set to work (on sth) — to start doing something[/ex]
Let's get to work on finding a solution to the problem.[/ex]
have your work cut out — to have something difficult that you have to do[/ex]
make short work of sth — to deal with something quickly and easily[/ex]
work of art — 1) something such as a painting or sculpture that an artist produces; 2) something that is done in a very skilful or impressive way[/ex]
dirty I
■ You can refer to what someone does in order to get paid as their work or their job: Do you find your work OR your job interesting? ♦ What kind of work OR job does he do? ■ Work is uncountable with this meaning, so it never has a in front of it and is never plural: He's looking for work. ♦ It's fascinating work. ♦ Has he found a job? ♦ She has had many different jobs.

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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