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Synonyms of work in English:


  • 1 a day's work in the fields
    labor, toil, slog, drudgery, exertion, effort, industry, service
    informal grind, sweat, elbow grease
    literary travail
    [Antonyms] leisure, rest
  • 2 I'm looking for work
    employment, a job, a position, a situation, a post;
    an occupation, a profession, a career, a vocation, a calling;
    wage labor;
    [Antonyms] unemployment, retirement
  • 3 works of literature
  • 4 (works) the complete works of Shakespeare
    writings, oeuvre, canon, output
  • 5 this is the work of a radical faction
    handiwork, doing, act, deed
  • 6 (works) a lifetime spent doing good works
    deeds, acts, actions
  • 7 informal (the works) for only $60 you can get the works
    everything, the full treatment
    informal the lot, the whole shebang, the full nine yards, the whole kit and kaboodle, the whole ball of wax
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  • 1 staff worked late into the night
    toil, labor, exert oneself, slave (away);
    keep at it, put one's nose to the grindstone
    informal slog (away), plug away, put one's back into it, knock oneself out, sweat blood
    literary travail
    [Antonyms] rest, play
  • 2 he worked in education for years
    be employed, have a job, earn one's living, do business
  • 3 farmers worked the land
  • 4 his car was working perfectly
    informal behave
  • 5 how do I work this machine?
    operate, use, handle, control, manipulate, run
  • 6 their ploy worked
    succeed, work out, turn out well, go as planned, get results, be effective
    informal come off, pay off, do/turn the trick
    [Antonyms] fail
  • 7 makeup can work miracles
    bring about, accomplish, achieve, produce, perform, create, engender, contrive, effect
  • 8 informal can you work it so I can get in for free?
    arrange it/things, manipulate it/things, contrive it;
    pull strings, fix it, swing it, wangle it
  • 9 he worked the crowd into a frenzy
    stir (up), excite, drive, move, rouse, fire, galvanize;
    whip up, agitate
  • 10 work the mixture into a paste
    knead, squeeze, form;
    mix, stir, blend
  • 11 he worked the blade into the padlock
    maneuver, manipulate, guide, edge
  • 12 her mouth worked furiously
    twitch, quiver, convulse
  • 13 he worked his way through the crowd
    maneuver, make, thread, wind, weave, wend
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    work on
    leave Hank to me—I'll work on him
    persuade, manipulate, influence;
    informal twist someone's arm, lean on
    work out
  • 1.1 the bill works out to $50
  • 2.1 my idea worked out See sense 6 of the verb
  • 3.1 things didn't work out the way she planned
    end up, turn out, go, come out, develop;
    happen, occur
    informal pan out
  • 4.1 he works out at the local gym
  • 5.1 work out what you can afford
    calculate, compute, determine, reckon (up)
  • 6.1 I'm trying to work out what she meant
    understand, comprehend, sort out, make sense of, get to the bottom of, make head(s) or tail(s) of, unravel, decipher, decode, puzzle out
    informal figure out
  • 7.1 they worked out a plan
    devise, formulate, draw up, put together, develop, construct, arrange, organize, contrive, concoct;
    hammer out, negotiate
  • work up
    he couldn't work up any enthusiasm
    stimulate, rouse, raise, arouse, awaken, excite
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