What is Work?

Work is (noun) 1. something done using your strength or your brain There’s a great deal of work still to be done. There’s too much work for one person. She tries to avoid doing too much work in the house. If you’ve finished that piece of work, there’s plenty more to be done. Cooking for two hundred people every day is hard work. to have your work cut out to do something to find it difficult to do something They’ll have their work cut out to get the job finished on time. 2. a job done regularly to earn money He goes to work every day on his bicycle. Work starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m. Her work involves a lot of travelling. He is still looking for work. at work working The builders are still hard at work. She’s at work today, but will have the day off tomorrow. out of work without a job Hundreds of people were out of work when the factory closed. She has been out of work for six months. 3. something which has been made, painted or written by someone the complete works of Shakespeare An exhibition of the work of local artists. (verb) 1. to use your strength or brain to do something I can’t work in the garden if it’s raining. He’s working well at school, we’re very pleased with his progress. Work hard and you’ll soon get a better job. to set to work to start working If we all set to work early, we should finish the job this evening. 2. to have a job She works in an office in London. He used to work in his father’s shop. She had to stop working when her mother was ill. 3. (of a machine) to run The computers aren’t working. The machine works by electricity. 4. to make a machine run She works the biggest printing machine in the factory. Do you know how to work the microwave? 5. to be successful His plan worked well. Will the plan work? If the cough medicine doesn’t work, you’ll have to see a doctor. 6. to move a little to work loose to become loose by constant movement The nut holding the wheel must have worked loose.


source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level