Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun work

7 senses of work

Sense 1
work -- (activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work")
       => activity -- (any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity")

Sense 2
work, piece 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")
       => product, production -- (an artifact that has been created by someone or some process; "they improve their product every year"; "they export most of their agricultural production")

Sense 3
employment, work -- (the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work")
       => occupation, business, job, line of work, line -- (the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business")

Sense 4
study, work -- (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")
       => learning, acquisition -- (the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge; "the child's acquisition of language")

Sense 5
work -- ((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")
       => energy, free energy -- ((physics) a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs; "energy can take a wide variety of forms")

Sense 6
workplace, work -- (a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today")
       => geographic point, geographical point -- (a point on the surface of the Earth)

Sense 7
oeuvre, work, body 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")
       => end product, output -- (final product; the things produced)

Antonyms of verb work

1 of 27 senses of work

Sense 1
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")
       Antonym of idle (Sense 2)
      => idle, laze, slug, stagnate -- (be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb work

27 senses of work

Sense 1
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")

Sense 2
work, do work -- (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")

Sense 3
work, act -- (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")
       => succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods -- (attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won")

Sense 4
function, work, operate, go, run -- (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")

Sense 5
work, work on, process -- (shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal")
       => transform, transmute, transubstantiate -- (change or alter in form, appearance, or nature; "This experience transformed her completely"; "She transformed the clay into a beautiful sculpture"; "transubstantiate one element into another")

Sense 6
exercise, work, work out -- (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")
       => work, put to work -- (cause to work; "he is working his servants hard")

Sense 7
make, work -- (proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest")
       => pass, go through, go across -- (go across or through; "We passed the point where the police car had parked"; "A terrible thought went through his mind")

Sense 8
work -- (operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics")
       => 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")

Sense 9
work -- (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")
       => go, proceed, move -- (follow a procedure or take a course; "We should go farther in this matter"; "She went through a lot of trouble"; "go about the world in a certain manner"; "Messages must go through diplomatic channels")

Sense 10
work -- (move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 11
bring, work, play, wreak, make for -- (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")
       => make, create -- (make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor")

Sense 12
work, put to work -- (cause to work; "he is working his servants hard")
       => use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ -- (put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer")

Sense 13
cultivate, crop, work -- (prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land")
       => fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set -- (make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill")

Sense 14
work -- (behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well")
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 15
influence, act upon, work -- (have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate")
       => affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch -- (have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?")

Sense 16
work -- (operate in or through; "Work the phones")
       => operate, run -- (direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan")

Sense 17
work -- (cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?")
       => manage, deal, care, handle -- (be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old")

Sense 18
work -- (provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy")
       => stimulate, excite, stir -- (stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions")

Sense 19
work -- (gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds")
       => capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant -- (attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts")

Sense 20
shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge -- (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")
       => create from raw material, create from raw stuff -- (make from scratch)

Sense 21
work -- (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")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 22
knead, work -- (make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft")
       => manipulate -- (hold something in one's hands and move it)

Sense 23
exploit, work -- (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")
       => use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ -- (put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer")

Sense 24
solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work -- (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")
       => understand -- (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means")

Sense 25
ferment, work -- (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")
       => convert -- (change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers")

Sense 26
sour, turn, ferment, work -- (go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out")
       => change state, turn -- (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election")

Sense 27
work -- (arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times")
       => become, go, get -- (enter or assume a certain state or condition; "He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"; "It must be getting more serious"; "her face went red with anger"; "She went into ecstasy"; "Get going!")

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