work Definition

  • 1activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result
  • 2a place where one is employed

Using work: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "work" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a lot of work to do today.

  • Example

    She works as a teacher.

  • Example

    The machine is not working properly.

  • Example

    He has been working on his novel for months.

work Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for work

Idioms Using work

  • to quickly and easily finish a task or defeat an opponent


    The experienced team made short work of their inexperienced opponents.

  • all in a day's work

    something that is typical or expected in one's job or profession


    Dealing with difficult customers is all in a day's work for a customer service representative.

  • to face a difficult task or challenge


    With only a week to prepare, we have our work cut out for us to finish the project on time.

Phrases with work

  • to exercise or train


    I usually work out at the gym after work.

  • to focus on or devote time to something


    I need to work on my presentation for tomorrow's meeting.

  • work up

    to develop or increase gradually


    She worked up the courage to ask for a raise.

Origins of work

from Old English 'weorc', meaning 'something done, fortification, structure'


Summary: work in Brief

The term 'work' [wɜːrk] refers to activities requiring mental or physical effort to achieve a result. It can also refer to a place of employment, as in 'She works as a teacher.' Phrases like 'work out' and 'work on' denote exercising or focusing on a task, while idioms like 'make short work of' and 'have one's work cut out for one' imply ease or difficulty in completing a task.

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