Synonyms of work


1. work, activity

usage: activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"

2. work, piece of work, product, production

usage: 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"

3. employment, work, occupation, business, job, line of work, line

usage: the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"

4. study, work, learning, acquisition

usage: 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"

5. work, energy, free energy

usage: (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"

6. workplace, work, geographic point, geographical point

usage: a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"

7. oeuvre, work, body of work, end product, output

usage: 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"


1. work

usage: 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"

2. work, do work

usage: 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"

3. work, act, succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods

usage: 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"

4. function, work, operate, go, run

usage: 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"

5. work, work on, process, transform, transmute, transubstantiate

usage: shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"

6. exercise, work, work out, work, put to work

usage: 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"

7. make, work, pass, go through, go across

usage: proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"

8. work, work

usage: 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. work, go, proceed, move

usage: 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. work, move, displace

usage: move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension"

11. bring, work, play, wreak, make for, make, create

usage: 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"

12. work, put to work, use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ

usage: cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"

13. cultivate, crop, work, fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set

usage: prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"

14. work, be

usage: behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"

15. influence, act upon, work, affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch

usage: have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

16. work, operate, run

usage: operate in or through; "Work the phones"

17. work, manage, deal, care, handle

usage: cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"

18. work, stimulate, excite, stir

usage: provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"

19. work, capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant

usage: gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds"

20. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge, create from raw material, create from raw stuff

usage: 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"

21. work, move, displace

usage: 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. knead, work, manipulate

usage: make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"

23. exploit, work, use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ

usage: 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"

24. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work, understand

usage: 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"

25. ferment, work, convert

usage: 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"

26. sour, turn, ferment, work, change state, turn

usage: go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

27. work, become, go, get

usage: arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"

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