work

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work is part of the Basic English 850.
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work is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
work

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
work

Third-person singular
works

Past tense
worked

Past participle
worked

Present participle
working

  1. (intransitive)If you work, you do a job, usually for money.
    My father works at Microsoft.
    I got to work at 7:30 each morning.
  2. (intransitive)If you work you are doing something that needs effort.
    I worked on my school paper all night long.
  3. (intransitive)If somethings works it has done what it was supposed to do.
    If my computer didn't work I couldn't type this.
    I'm glad our plan worked.
  4. (intransitive)How something works is how it does what it does.
    I would like to know more about how cars work.
    The rules here just do not work that way.

Noun[change]

Singular
work

Plural
works

  1. (uncountable) Your work is your job.
  2. (uncountable) Work is effort it takes to do something. That is, its what makes you tired when you do something hard.
    Moving heavy logs takes a lot of work.
  3. (uncountable); (physics) Work is force through a distance (force times distance). This is how much energy you used to move something.
  4. (countable) A work is the product of something, the result of working on it. That is, its something someone has made.
    The painting was a great work of art.
    Shakespeare wrote many literary works.

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