usage: a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked
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"
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"
1. working(prenominal), on the job(predicate), employed (vs. unemployed)
usage: actively engaged in paid work; "the working population"; "the ratio of working men to unemployed"; "a working mother"; "robots can be on the job day and night"
2. working, practical (vs. impractical)
usage: adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something; "the party has a working majority in the House"; "a working knowledge of Spanish"