to do sth that involves physical or mental effort, especially as part of a job
I can't work if I'm cold.
I've been working at my assignment all day.
He is working on a new novel.
She's outside, working on the car.
Doctors often work very long hours.
to have a job
Both my parents work.
She works for an engineering company.
I've always worked in education.
Do you enjoy working with children?
My son is working as a teacher.
to make yourself/sb work, especially very hard
She works herself too hard.
to make efforts to achieve sth
She dedicated her life to working for peace.
The committee is working to get the prisoners freed.
to manage or operate sth to gain benefit from it
to work the land (= grow crops on it, etc.)
He works a large area (= selling a company's goods, etc.) .
She was a skilful speaker who knew how to work a crowd (= to excite them or make them feel sth strongly) .
to function; to operate
The phone isn't working.
It works by electricity.
Are they any closer to understanding how the brain works?
to make a machine, device, etc. operate
Do you know how to work the coffee machine?
The machine is worked by wind power.
有结果 / 作用
to have the result or effect that you want
The pills the doctor gave me aren't working.
My plan worked, and I got them to agree.
His charm doesn't work on me (= does not affect or impress me) .
to have a particular effect
Your age can work against you in this job.
Speaking Italian should work in his favour.
to cause or produce sth as a result of effort
You can work miracles with very little money if you follow our home decoration tips.
to make a material into a particular shape or form by pressing, stretching, hitting it, etc.
to work clay
to work gold
to work the mixture into a paste
of an artist, etc.
to use a particular material to produce a picture or other item
an artist working in oils
a craftsman working with wool
脸 / 身体部位
of part of face/body
to move violently
He stared at me in horror, his mouth working.
to move or pass to a particular place or state, usually gradually
It will take a while for the drug to work out of your system.
He worked his way to the top of his profession.
I was tied up, but managed to work myself free.
The screw had worked loose .
大多数含 work 的习语，都可在该等习语中的名词及形容词相关词条找到，如 work your fingers to the bone 在词条 finger 下。
Most idioms containing work are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example work your fingers to the bone is at finger .
to arrange sth in a particular way, especially by being clever
Can you work it so that we get free tickets?
to gradually turn a conversation towards a particular topic, subject, etc.
It was some time before he worked around to what he really wanted to say.
to make great efforts to achieve sth or do sth well
He's working at losing weight.
Learning to play the piano isn't easy. You have to work at it .
to try to include sth
Can't you work a few more jokes into your speech?
to add one substance to another and mix them together
Gradually work in the butter.
to get rid of sth, especially a strong feeling, by using physical effort
She worked off her anger by going for a walk.
to earn money in order to be able to pay a debt
They had a large bank loan to work off.
to try to persuade sb to agree to sth or to do sth
He hasn't said he'll do it yet, but I'm working on him.
to try hard to improve or achieve sth
You need to work on your pronunciation a bit more.
‘Have you sorted out a babysitter yet?’ ‘No, but I'm working on it .’
to train the body by physical exercise
I work out regularly to keep fit.
to develop in a successful way
My first job didn't work out.
Things have worked out quite well for us.
if sth works out at sth, you calculate that it will be a particular amount
It'll work out cheaper to travel by bus.
to understand sb's character
I've never been able to work her out.
to calculate sth
to work out the answer
to find the answer to sth
to work out a problem
Can you work out what these squiggles mean?
I couldn't work out where the music was coming from.
to plan or think of sth
I've worked out a new way of doing it.
to remove all the coal, minerals, etc. from a mine over a period of time
a worked-out silver mine
to attack sb and hit them, for example to make them give you information
to follow a plan, schedule, etc.
to work to a budget
We're working to a very tight deadline (= we have little time in which to do the work) .
to try to reach or achieve a goal
to develop or improve sth with some effort
I can't work up any enthusiasm for his idea.
She went for a long walk to work up an appetite.
to make sb/yourself reach a state of great excitement, anger, etc.
Don't work yourself up into a state about it. It isn't worth it.
What are you so worked up about?
to bring sth to a more complete or more acceptable state
I'm working my notes up into a dissertation.
to develop or move gradually towards sth, usually sth more exciting or extreme
The music worked up to a rousing finale.
I began by jogging in the park and worked up to running five miles a day.
the job that a person does especially in order to earn money
She had been out of work (= without a job) for a year.
They are in work (= have a job) .
He started work as a security guard.
It is difficult to find work in the present economic climate.
I'm still looking for work.
She's planning to return to work once the children start school.
What line of work are you in (= what type of work do you do) ?
before/after work (= in the morning/evening each day)
全日制 / 兼职 / 无报酬的 / 志愿工作
the duties that you have and the activities that you do as part of your job
Police work is mainly routine.
The accountant described his work to the sales staff.
tasks that need to be done
There is plenty of work to be done in the garden.
Taking care of a baby is hard work .
I have some work for you to do.
Stop talking and get on with your work.
materials needed or used for doing work , especially books, papers, etc.
She often brings work (= for example, files and documents) home with her from the office.
His work was spread all over the floor.
place of job
used without the
the place where you do your job
I go to work at 8 o'clock.
When do you leave for work ?
The new legislation concerns health and safety at work .
I have to leave work early today.
Her friends from work came to see her in the hospital.
the use of physical strength or mental power in order to do or make sth
She earned her grades through sheer hard work .
We started work on the project in 2002.
Work continues on renovating the hotel.
The work of building the bridge took six months.
The art collection was his life's work .
She set them to work painting the fence.
product of work
a thing or things that are produced as a result of work
She's an artist whose work I really admire.
Is this all your own work (= did you do it without help from others) ?
The book is a detailed and thorough piece of work covering all aspects of the subject.
result of action
the result of an action; what is done by sb
The damage is clearly the work of vandals.
a book, piece of music, painting, etc.
托尔斯泰选集 / 全集
the collected/complete works of Tolstoy
小说 / 文学作品
works of fiction/literature
Beethoven's piano works
often in compounds
activities involving building or repairing sth
They expanded the shipyards and started engineering works.
often in compounds
a place where things are made or industrial processes take place
an engineering works
parts of machine
the moving parts of a machine, etc.
We went to the chip shop and had the works: fish, chips, gherkins, mushy peas.
the use of force to produce movement
it is not healthy to spend all your time working; you need to relax too
having an effect on sth
She suspected that secret influences were at work.
busy doing sth
He is still at work on the painting.
Danger─men at work.
to begin; to make a start
We set to work on the outside of the house (= for example, painting it) .
to give or tell sb everything
kind acts to help others
to do/start to do your work
She went cheerfully about her work.
to be likely to have difficulty doing sth
You'll have your work cut out to get there by nine o'clock.
something that is in the works is being discussed, planned or prepared and will happen or exist soon
a thing that takes a very short time to do
part of your normal working life and not unusual
people who do not have enough to do often start to do wrong
She blamed the crimes on the local jobless teenagers. ‘The devil makes work for idle hands,’ she would say.
(to do) the unpleasant or dishonest jobs that sb else does not want to do
used to say that a job is made easier if a lot of people help
to use more time or energy on a task than is necessary
work that you are paid to do or that must be done
There was a job of work waiting for him that he was not looking forward to.
to do sth quickly and with little effort
a person who is unpleasant, unkind or dishonest
used to show you are pleased when sb has done sth well
You did a good job today. Nice work, James!
to defeat, deal with sth/sb quickly
Liverpool made short work of the opposition (= in a football/ soccer game) .
He made short work of his lunch (= ate it quickly) .
(to cause) a delay or problem with sth that sb is planning or doing
These are all words for the work that sb does in return for payment, especially over a long period of time.
the job that sb does, especially in order to earn money
It's very difficult to find work at the moment.
( rather formal ) work, especially when it is done to earn money; the state of being employed or the situation in which people have work
Only half the people here are in paid employment.
the job or series of jobs that sb has in a particular area of work, usually involving more responsibility as time passes
He had a very distinguished career in the Foreign Office.
a type of job that needs special training or skill, especially one that needs a high level of education
He hopes to enter the medical profession.
The profession is all the people who work in a particular profession.
the legal profession
The professions are the traditional jobs that need a high level of education and training, such as being a doctor or lawyer.
( rather formal ) a job or profession
Please state your name, age, and occupation.
a job, especially one that involves working with your hands and requires special training and skills
Carpentry is a highly skilled trade.
activity directed toward making or doing something
- she checked several points needing further work
the occupation for which you are paid
- he is looking for employment
- a lot of people are out of work
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
近义词: oeuvre,body of work
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
近义词: piece of work
a place where work is done
- he arrived at work early today
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
(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 distance
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
近义词: exercise,work out
arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
- The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times
go sour or spoil
- The milk has soured
- The wine worked
- The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
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
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
近义词: solve,work out,figure out,puzzle out,lick
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
- knead dough
- work the clay until it is soft
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
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
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
近义词: bring,play,wreak,make for
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
shape, form, or improve a material
- work stone into tools
- process iron
- work the metal
近义词: work on,process
prepare for crops
- Work the soil
- cultivate the land
gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
- the political candidate worked the crowds
move in an agitated manner
- His fingers worked with tension
proceed along a path
- work one's way through the crowd
- make one's way into the forest
provoke or excite
- The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy
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
cause to work
- he is working his servants hard
近义词: put to work
- 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
近义词: do work
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
cause to operate or function
- This pilot works the controls
- Can you work an electric drill?
operate in or through
- Work the phones
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
have and exert influence or effect
- The artist's work influenced the young painter
- She worked on her friends to support the political candidate
近义词: influence,act upon
operate in a certain place, area, or specialty
- She works the night clubs
- The salesman works the Midwest
- This artist works mostly in acrylics
behave in a certain way when handled
- This dough does not work easily
- The soft metal works well