There are 2 translations of work in Spanish:

work1

Pronunciation: /wɜːrk; wɜːk/

n

  • 1 uncountable/no numerable (labor, tasks) trabajo (masculine) it was a lot of work dio mucho trabajo I've got work to do tengo trabajo or cosas que hacer you're making more work for yourself te estás creando más trabajo repair work reparaciones (fpl), arreglos (mpl) the building work is still going on todavía están en obras she was advised not to do any heavy work le aconsejaron que no hiciera trabajos pesados the work of the Red Cross el trabajo or la labor de la Cruz Roja work has already started on the film ya han empezado a filmar or rodar they've finished work on the building/road ya han terminado las obras en el edificio/la carretera she's got a lot of work to do to catch up va a tener que trabajar mucho para ponerse al día work in process o (British English/inglés británico) progress trabajos en curso the house needs a lot of work done o (British English/inglés británico) doing to it la casa necesita muchos arreglos let your legs do the work (deja) que las piernas hagan el esfuerzo she put a lot of work into it puso mucho esfuerzo or empeño en ello a lot of work goes into making a rug like this una alfombra así lleva mucho trabajo to set to work ponerse* a trabajar, poner* manos a la obra we set to work painting the kitchen nos pusimos a pintar la cocina keep up the good work! ¡sigue ( or sigan etc) así! it's hard work digging cavar es muy duro hard work never harmed o hurt anybody trabajar duro no le hace daño a nadie I don't want to have to talk to them: it's too much like hard work no quiero tener que hablar con ellos: es demasiado esfuerzo he's such hard work da muchísimo trabajo pleasing her is hard work es difícil de agradar that was quick work! ¡qué rapidez! I've done a good day's work he aprovechado bien el día it's all in a day's work es el pan nuestro de cada día to have one's work cut out she's going to have her work cut out to get the job done in time le va a costar terminar el trabajo a tiempo to make short work of sth/sb Pete made short work of the ironing Pete planchó todo rapidísimo you made short work of that pizza! ¡te has despachado pronto la pizza! he made short work of her in the debate la hizo trizas en el debate all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy hay que dejar tiempo para el esparcimiento
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    • Be it as a player or a coach or otherwise success only comes as a result of hard work and effort.
    • Brilliant breakthroughs can emerge as a result of hard work and disciplined effort.
    • The students must come first: they are the ones who actively do the work and achieve the results.
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    • He has done a small number of private commissions but has undertaken no major painting work.
    • It will be strictly not for profit and much of the renovation work will be undertaken by volunteers.
    • Also, is it reasonable to stipulate that no work be undertaken over the weekend?
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (employment) trabajo (masculine) place of work lugar (masculine) de trabajo he does factory/PR work trabaja en una fábrica/en relaciones públicas she does a lot of work for the government trabaja mucho para el gobierno to look for/find work buscar*/encontrar* trabajo to go to work ir* a trabajar or al trabajo they both go out to work (British English/inglés británico) los dos trabajan (afuera) I start/finish work at seven entro a trabajar or al trabajo/salgo del trabajo a las siete I walk/drive to work voy al trabajo a pie/en coche
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    • Tade could turn his hand to any type of work and earned his living from his own expertise.
    • It's for six months which is really good for an actress to get so much work and a steady income.
    • Clarks said it would provide support to employees seeking alternative work.
  • 3 (in phrases/en locuciones) at work he's at work está en el trabajo, está en la oficina ( or la fábrica etc) they were hard at work when I walked in estaban muy ocupados trabajando cuando entré other forces were at work intervenían otros factores, había otros factores en juego men at work obras, hombres trabajando in work (British English/inglés británico) those in work quienes tienen trabajo off work she was off work for a month after the accident después del accidente estuvo un mes sin trabajar he took a day off work to visit the exhibition se tomó un día libre para ir a la exposición out of work the closures will put 1,200 people out of work los cierres dejarán en la calle a 1.200 personas she's been out of work for six months hace seis meses que está sin trabajo or que está desocupada or desempleada or (in Chile also/en Chile también) cesante, lleva seis meses parada or en el paro (Spain/España) (before noun/delante del nombre) out-of-work desocupado, desempleado, parado (Spain/España) , cesante (Chile)
  • 4 4.1 countable/numerable (product, single item) obra (feminine) a reference work una obra de consulta a work of art una obra de arte complete works obras completas 4.2 uncountable/no numerable (output) trabajo (masculine) his work is not up to standard su trabajo no es del nivel requerido a piece of work un trabajo an exhibition of recent work by Sam Pym una exposición de obras recientes de Sam Pym to be the work of sb ser* obra de algn it was the work of a professional era obra de un profesional
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    • Since then her career has developed in opera, concert work, recording and broadcasting.
    • The only living artist to have his work hung in the Natyet resonates with images of his Dublin Bay home.
    • Still, she is hanging my work and will be sainted for it, in a weak moment I might have given her one.
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    • Now he is penning plays, musicals and literary works, and his new audience requires a different kind of chap altogether.
    • Her Magnum Opus Project is commissioning nine new orchestral works and six new compositions.
    • The Erotokritos, one of the epic works of Greek literature is told and re-told in much of Cretan music.

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Word of the day torta
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Cultural fact of the day

Most first names in Spanish-speaking countries are those of saints. A person's santo, (also known as onomástico in Latin America and onomástica in Spain) is the saint's day of the saint that they are named for. Children were once usually named for the saint whose day they were born on, but this is less common now.

There are 2 translations of work in Spanish:

work2

vi

  • 1 (to earn a living) [people] trabajar both his parents work tanto la madre como el padre trabajan (afuera) I work in a bank/as a receptionist/in insurance trabajo en un banco/de recepcionista/en seguros he works nights trabaja de noche to get working ponerse* a trabajar, poner* manos a la obra to work hard trabajar mucho or duro he works hard at school es un alumno muy aplicado we work a 40-hour week nuestra semana laboral es de 40 horasto work at sth she's working hard at her French está poniendo mucho empeño en mejorar su francés, está dándole duro al francés [colloquial/familiar] you have to work at your service tiene que practicar el servicio a relationship is something you have to work at una relación de pareja requiere cierto esfuerzo she was working away at her accounts estaba ocupada con su contabilidad to work for sb trabajar para algn to work for oneself trabajar por cuenta propia make your money work for you ponga su dinero a trabajarto work for sth all her life she worked for a more equal society toda su vida luchó por una sociedad más justa fame didn't just come to me: I had to work for it la fama no me llegó del cielo, tuve que trabajar para conseguirla he's working for his finals está estudiando or está preparándose para los exámenes finalesto work from sth working from old drawings they restored the window restauraron la ventana partiendo de antiguos dibujos to work from nature [artist] copiar de la naturalezato work in sth to work in marble trabajar el mármol or con mármol to work in oils pintar al óleo, trabajar con óleosto work on sth he's working on his car está arreglando el coche the police are working on the case la policía está investigando el caso I'm working on the 18th century estoy estudiando el siglo XVIII I'm working on a biography of Napoleon estoy preparando or escribiendo una biografía de Napoleón scientists are working on a cure los científicos están intentando encontrar una cura she hasn't been fired yet, but she's working on it [humorous/humorístico] todavía no la han echado, pero parece empeñada en que lo hagan we're working on the assumption that … partimos del supuesto de que … the police had very little to work on la policía tenía muy pocas pistas the poison works on the nervous system el veneno actúa sobre or ataca el sistema nerviosoto work toward sth we are working toward a peaceful solution estamos intentando hallar una solución pacífica to work toward a better future luchar por un futuro mejor to work under sb trabajar bajo la dirección de algn
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    • Frank worked in the Paper Mills and Waterford Crystal for a number of years and for the last few years he worked as a taxi driver.
    • I've never ever worked in an office before, I've only ever worked as a waitress.
    • He worked as a ranger employed by the council at the Flitch Way Country Park, which runs from Bishop's Stortford to Braintree.
  • 2 2.1 (to operate, to function) [machine/system/relationship] funcionar; [drug/person] actuar* it works off batteries funciona con pilas democracy won't work here aquí no va a funcionar la democracia to work against/in favor of sb/sth obrar en contra/a favor de algn/algo to work both ways the changes work both ways: you might make money but you could also lose los cambios son un arma de doble filo: se puede ganar dinero pero también se puede perder both sides benefit: it works both ways ambas partes salen ganando: el beneficio es mutuo 2.2 (to have a required effect) [drug/plan/measures/method] surtir efecto her idea didn't work su idea no resultó try it, it might work pruébalo, quizás resulte the scene works beautifully la escena está muy bien lograda the play doesn't work on TV la obra no se presta para televisión these colors just don't work together estos colores no pegan or no combinan
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    • So many of our institutions and systems are not working properly, including the judiciary.
    • But even at the highest levels there is a tacit acknowledgment that the system is not working properly.
    • Walhi's lawyers, however, said the early warning system had not worked properly.
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    • He looked back at the counter where a blonde haired girl was busy working the machines.
    • Women snigger at men for being unable to work a washing machine, men snigger at women for being bad drivers.
    • Before the advent of the computer I worked a manual Comptometer machine, the keys of which had to be pounded.
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    • This method works only with insurance plans that use coinsurance, where patients pay a portion of their bills until they reach a maximum.
    • This method works if the water reservoir in the top 5 feet of soil is at or near field capacity at planting time.
    • In both cases the game plan worked, and McClaren admitted that the result was a huge relief.
  • 3 (to penetrate, to travel down) (+ adverb complement/+ adverbio predicativo) the oil has to work through the engine el aceite tiene que circular por el motor wait until the solution has worked through the fabric espere hasta que la solución haya impregnado bien la tela his socks had worked down to his ankles se le habían caído los calcetines see alsofree1 1 3, loose1 1 2

vt

  • 1 1.1 (to force to work) hacer* trabajar to work oneself to death matarse trabajando you must work every muscle tienes que ejercitar or hacer trabajar todos los músculos 1.2 (to exploit) [land/soil] trabajar, labrar; [mine] explotar it's a theme that's been worked to death already es un tema del que ya se ha abusado hasta la saciedad 1.3 (to be employed in) [nightclubs/casinos] trabajar en
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    • Men were busy working on architecture or training in the army while young ladies worked the market place.
    • Nobody that has ever worked the killing room will ever tell you that you will catch every one, no matter how hard you try.
    • One of six children, his father worked a small farm and laboured for the county council to make ends meet.
    1.4 (to pay for by working) he worked his passage to Australia se costeó el pasaje a Australia trabajando en el barco
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    • He works Miles hard and does all the thinking for Angus, who, right from the beginning, is seen to be a few straws short of a bale.
    • He was demanding as a director, but I wouldn't agree that he worked you too hard.
    • The rich, throat-catching smell of hard worked packhorses hit me even as I drew in a sharp gasp of amazement.
  • 2 (to make to function) do you know how to work the machine? ¿sabes manejar la máquina? this lever works the sprinkler system esta palanca acciona el sistema de riego the pump is worked by hand la bomba funciona manualmente
  • 3 3.1 (to force gradually, manipulate) (+ adverb complement/+ adverbio predicativo) work the brush into the corners mete bien el cepillo en los rincones he worked the peg out of the crevice consiguió sacar el clavo de la grieta I'll try to work that quote into the article trataré de meter esa cita en el artículo we worked some concessions out of them conseguimos sacarles algunas concesiones to work one's way his belt had worked its way loose se le había soltado el cinturón we worked our way toward the exit nos abrimos camino hacia la salida I worked my way through volume three logré terminar el tercer volumen damp was working its way up the walls la humedad estaba subiendo por las paredes she worked her way to the top of her profession trabajó hasta llegar a la cima de su profesión he worked his way across the continent/through college cruzó el continente/hizo la carrera trabajando 3.2 (to shape, fashion) [clay/metal] trabajar; [dough] sobar, amasar work the flour into the mixture vaya añadiendo la harina a la mezcla
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    • Using your fingers, draw in the flour and work the mixture into a dough, adding more water if necessary.
    • Sift the flour with the baking powder into the bowl and work the mixture with your hand until it forms a firm dough.
    • Then the mixture is worked, gently at first, and then more vigorously.
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    • The limner was never solely a miniaturist, but worked in other formats and media too.
    • Dr. Bob works in cypress, training trees over many years to grow in specific shapes.
    • As well as using clear, sandblasted glass, Kelly works in cheery yellow and orange.
    3.3 (in needlework, knitting) work eight rows in rib hacer* or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) tejer ocho hileras de punto elástico work three rows of cross-stitch bordar or hacer* tres hileras de punto (de) cruz the design is worked entirely by hand el motivo está hecho ( or bordado etc) totalmente a mano
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    • He sewed me up again and told me if they worked loose again, that I shouldn't be concerned, because I was healing very quickly.
    • Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips and the nails worked loose.
    • Our advice is to secure it very firmly, be conservative with your speed and make frequent stops to ensure it isn't working loose.
  • 4
    (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado worked or , wrought)
    4.1 (to bring about) [miracle] hacer* see also wrought1 4.2 (to manage, to arrange) [colloquial/familiar] arreglar if you want to meet him, I'll try to work it for you si quieres conocerlo, veré si lo puedo arreglar she worked it so that I didn't have to pay se las arregló or se las ingenió para que yo no tuviera que pagar
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    • The miracle has been wrought by recognising health as a human right - and therefore the responsibility of the state - and acting accordingly.
    • For Hugh, a 22-year-old IT worker, has wrought a minor miracle.
    • Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed and signs and wonders will follow the believers.
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    • Gilberth explains how his practices have changed even in the few years he's worked this land.
    • Mr Spargo took shares in a company formed for working a mine which he sold to the company.
    • This may well have been the case but the company only worked the mine for a short time during which several thousand tons of ore were treated.
  • 5 (to solve) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [problem/crossword] sacar*, resolver*

Phrasal verbs

work off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (get rid of) you can work off a few kilos in the gym puede rebajar algunos kilos haciendo ejercicios en el gimnasio he works his frustrations off on me se desahoga or se desquita de sus frustraciones metiéndose or (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar] agarrándosela conmigo 1.2 [debt] amortizar*, pagar* (trabajando)

work out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (turn out) salir*, resultar to work out well/badly salir* or resultar bien/mal it works out more/less expensive by rail sale or resulta más caro/más barato en trento work out at sth it works out at $75 a gram/a head sale (a) 75 dólares el gramo/por cabeza the complete package works out at $420 el paquete completo sale (por) 420 dólares 1.2 (be successful) [plan] salir* bien things haven't worked out for her las cosas no le han salido bien 1.3 (train, exercise) [Sport/Deporte] hacer* ejercicio 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 (solve) [sum] hacer*; [riddle/puzzle] resolver* things will work themselves out las cosas se arreglarán solas they've got to work things out for themselves tienen que resolver las cosas por sí mismos we can work it out! ¡ya lo arreglaremos! 2.2 (find, calculate) [percentage/probability] calcular have you worked out the answer? ¿lo has resuelto? he worked out how much we would need calculó cuánto necesitaríamos 2.3 (understand) [meaning/reason] entender*; [person/attitude] (British English/inglés británico) entender* I couldn't work out what he meant no lograba entender qué quería decir I can't work out why he did such a thing no logro entender or no me explico por qué hizo semejante cosa I can't work out where we are no me doy cuenta de dónde estamos 2.4 (devise, determine) [solution] idear, encontrar*; [plan] elaborar, idear; [procedure] idear, desarrollar we've worked out a deal with the unions hemos llegado a un acuerdo con los sindicatos the details still have to be worked out todavía falta finalizar los detalles I've worked out a way of … he encontrado or ideado una manera de … I've got to work out what to do with the money tengo que decidir qué hacer con el dinero to have it all worked out [colloquial/familiar] tenerlo* todo resuelto or planeado 2.5 (complete) [prison sentence] cumplir to work out one's notice trabajar hasta el final del período de preaviso 2.6 (exhaust) [mine] agotar

work over

verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio
[slang/argot] darle* una paliza a, sacarle* la mugre a (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar]

work up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (stimulate) they had worked up an appetite se les había abierto el apetito I couldn't work up much enthusiasm no me entusiasmaba demasiado with all that talking I'd worked up quite a thirst me había dado mucha sed de tanto hablar to work up a sweat empezar* a sudar to work up a lather hacer* espuma 1.2 (excite, arouse) she gets very worked up about it se pone como loca you'll only work yourself up solo vas a conseguir disgustarte or hacerte mala sangreto work sb/oneself up into sth she works herself up into a state se pone como loca they had been worked up into a frenzy los habían puesto frenéticos, los habían exaltadoto work sb/oneself up to sth she worked them up to a fever pitch of excitement los sobreexcitó hasta el delirio 1.1 2.1 (increase, expand) she worked the factory up into what it is today desarrolló la fábrica hasta convertirla en lo que es hoy día 2.2 (improve) [manuscript/article] rehacer*

work up to

verb + adverb + preposition + object/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento
the action works up to a climax la trama se desarrolla hasta llegar a un clímax she thought he was working up to a proposal creyó que estaba preparando el terreno para pedirle matrimonio she finally sacked him: she'd been working up to it for months finalmente lo echó: hacía meses que lo venía preparando or madurando I wonder what he's working up to me pregunto qué se propone

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Word of the day torta
f
pie …
Cultural fact of the day

Most first names in Spanish-speaking countries are those of saints. A person's santo, (also known as onomástico in Latin America and onomástica in Spain) is the saint's day of the saint that they are named for. Children were once usually named for the saint whose day they were born on, but this is less common now.