Translation of work in Spanish:
- 1 uncountable (labor, tasks) it was a lot of workdio mucho trabajoI've got work to dotengo trabajo or cosas que haceryou're making more work for yourselfte estás creando más trabajorepair workreparaciones (feminine plural)the building work is still going on
arreglos (masculine plural)todavía están en obrasshe was advised not to do any heavy workle aconsejaron que no hiciera trabajos pesadosthe work of the Red Crossel trabajo or la labor de la Cruz Rojawork has already started on the filmya han empezado a filmar or rodarthey've finished work on the building/roadya han terminado las obras en el edificio/la carreterashe's got a lot of work to do to catch upva a tener que trabajar mucho para ponerse al díawork in process o (British English) progresstrabajos en cursothe house needs a lot of work done o (British English) doing to itla casa necesita muchos arregloslet your legs do the work(deja) que las piernas hagan el esfuerzoshe put a lot of work into itpuso mucho esfuerzo or empeño en elloa lot of work goes into making a rug like thisuna alfombra así lleva mucho trabajoto set to workponerse a trabajarwe set to work painting the kitchen
poner manos a la obranos pusimos a pintar la cocinakeep up the good work!¡sigue ( or sigan etc) así!it's hard work diggingcavar es muy durohard work never harmed o hurt anybodytrabajar duro no le hace daño a nadieI don't want to have to talk to them: it's too much like hard workno quiero tener que hablar con ellos: es demasiado esfuerzohe's such hard workda muchísimo trabajopleasing her is hard workes difícil de agradarthat was quick work! I've done a good day's workhe aprovechado bien el díait's all in a day's workes el pan nuestro de cada díato have one's work cut outshe's going to have her work cut out to get the job done in timele va a costar terminar el trabajo a tiempoto make short work of something/somebodyPete made short work of the ironingPete planchó todo rapidísimoyou made short work of that pizza!¡te has despachado pronto la pizza!he made short work of her in the debatela hizo trizas en el debateall work and no play makes Jack a dull boyhay que dejar tiempo para el esparcimientoExample sentences
- 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.
- 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 (employment) place of worklugar (masculine) de trabajohe does factory/PR worktrabaja en una fábrica/en relaciones públicasshe does a lot of work for the governmenttrabaja mucho para el gobiernoto look for/find workbuscar/encontrar trabajoto go to workir a trabajar or al trabajothey both go out to work (British English)los dos trabajan (afuera)I start/finish work at sevenentro a trabajar or al trabajo/salgo del trabajo a las sieteI walk/drive to workvoy al trabajo a pie/en cocheExample sentences
- 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) at workhe's at workestá en el trabajothey were hard at work when I walked in
está en la oficina ( or la fábrica etc)estaban muy ocupados trabajando cuando entréother forces were at workintervenían otros factoresmen at work
había otros factores en juegoobras, hombres trabajandoin work (British English) those in workquienes tienen trabajooff workshe was off work for a month after the accidentdespués del accidente estuvo un mes sin trabajarhe took a day off work to visit the exhibitionse tomó un día libre para ir a la exposiciónout of workthe closures will put 1,200 people out of worklos cierres dejarán en la calle a 1.200 personasshe's been out of work for six monthshace seis meses que está sin trabajo or que está desocupada or desempleada or ( (Chile) tb) cesantelleva seis meses parada or en el paro (Spain)
- 4 4.1 countable (product, single item) a reference workuna obra de consultaa work of artuna obra de artecomplete worksobras completasExample sentences4.2 uncountable (output) his work is not up to standard
su trabajo no es del nivel requeridoa piece of workun trabajoan exhibition of recent work by Sam Pymuna exposición de obras recientes de Sam Pymto be the work of somebodyser obra de alguienit was the work of a professionalera obra de un profesionalExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 1 (to earn a living)(people)both his parents work
trabajartanto la madre como el padre trabajan (afuera)I work in a bank/as a receptionist/in insurancetrabajo en un banco/de recepcionista/en seguroshe works nightstrabaja de nocheto get workingponerse a trabajarto work hard
poner manos a la obratrabajar mucho or durohe works hard at schooles un alumno muy aplicadowe work a 40-hour weeknuestra semana laboral es de 40 horasto work
atsomethingshe's working hard at her Frenchestá poniendo mucho empeño en mejorar su francésestá dándole duro al francés [colloquial]you have to work at your servicetiene que practicar el servicioa relationship is something you have to work atuna relación de pareja requiere cierto esfuerzoshe was working away at her accountsestaba ocupada con su contabilidadto work forsomebodytrabajarto work for oneself paraalguientrabajar por cuenta propiamake your money work for youponga su dinero a trabajarto work forsomethingall her life she worked for a more equal societytoda su vida luchó por una sociedad más justafame didn't just come to me: I had to work for itla fama no me llegó del cielo, tuve que trabajar para conseguirlahe's working for his finalsestá estudiando or está preparándose para los exámenes finalesto work fromsomethingworking from old drawings they restored the windowrestauraron la ventana partiendo de antiguos dibujosto work from nature (artist)copiar de la naturalezato work insomethingto work in marbletrabajar el mármol or con mármolto work in oilspintar al óleoto work
trabajar con óleos
onsomethinghe's working on his carestá arreglando el cochethe police are working on the case I'm working on the 18th centuryestoy estudiando el siglo XVIIII'm working on a biography of Napoleonestoy preparando or escribiendo una biografía de Napoleónscientists are working on a curelos científicos están intentando encontrar una curashe hasn't been fired yet, but she's working on it [humorous]todavía no la han echado, pero parece empeñada en que lo haganwe're working on the assumption that …partimos del supuesto de que …the police had very little to work onla policía tenía muy pocas pistasthe poison works on the nervous systemel veneno actúa sobre or ataca el sistema nerviosoto work towardsomethingwe are working toward a peaceful solutionestamos intentando hallar una solución pacíficato work toward a better futureluchar por un futuro mejorto work undersomebodytrabajar bajo la dirección de alguienExample sentences
- 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)it works off batteries democracy won't work here
actuaraquí no va a funcionar la democraciato work against/in favor of somebody/somethingobrar en contra/a favor de alguien/algoto work both waysthe changes work both ways: you might make money but you could also loselos cambios son un arma de doble filo: se puede ganar dinero pero también se puede perderboth sides benefit: it works both waysambas partes salen ganando: el beneficio es mutuoExample sentences
Example sentences2.2 (to have a required effect)
- 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.
(drug/plan/measures/method)her idea didn't work try it, it might work
- 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.
surtir efectopruébalo, quizás resultethe scene works beautifullyla escena está muy bien logradathe play doesn't work on TVla obra no se presta para televisiónthese colors just don't work togetherestos colores no pegan or no combinanExample sentences
- 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) the oil has to work through the engineel aceite tiene que circular por el motorwait until the solution has worked through the fabricespere hasta que la solución haya impregnado bien la telahis socks had worked down to his anklesse le habían caído los calcetinessee also→ free 1 1 3, → loose 1 1 2
- 1 1.1 (to force to work)hacer trabajarto work oneself to deathmatarse trabajandoyou must work every muscletienes que ejercitar or hacer trabajar todos los músculosExample sentences1.2 (to exploit)
(mine)it's a theme that's been worked to death already
- 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.
explotares un tema del que ya se ha abusado hasta la saciedadExample sentences1.3 (to be employed in)
- 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.
trabajar enExample sentences1.4 (to pay for by working) he worked his passage to Australia
se costeó el pasaje a Australia trabajando en el barco
- 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.
- 2 (to make to function) do you know how to work the machine?¿sabes manejar la máquina?this lever works the sprinkler systemesta palanca acciona el sistema de riegothe pump is worked by handla bomba funciona manualmente
- 3 3.1 (to force gradually, manipulate) (+ adverb complement) work the brush into the cornersmete bien el cepillo en los rinconeshe worked the peg out of the creviceconsiguió sacar el clavo de la grietaI'll try to work that quote into the articletrataré de meter esa cita en el artículowe worked some concessions out of themconseguimos sacarles algunas concesionesto work one's wayhis belt had worked its way loosese le había soltado el cinturónwe worked our way toward the exitnos abrimos camino hacia la salidaI worked my way through volume threelogré terminar el tercer volumendamp was working its way up the wallsla humedad estaba subiendo por las paredesshe worked her way to the top of her professiontrabajó hasta llegar a la cima de su profesiónhe worked his way across the continent/through collegecruzó el continente/hizo la carrera trabajandoExample sentences3.2 (to shape, fashion)
(clay/metal)work the flour into the mixture
- 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.
trabajarvaya añadiendo la harina a la mezclaExample sentences
Example sentences3.3 (in needlework, knitting) work eight rows in rib
- 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.
hacer or ( (Latin America) tb) tejer ocho hileras de punto elásticowork three rows of cross-stitchbordar or hacer tres hileras de punto (de) cruzthe design is worked entirely by handel motivo está hecho ( or bordado etc) totalmente a mano
- 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.
- 4past tense & past participle worked or wrought4.1 (to bring about)(miracle)see also → wrought
hacerExample sentences4.2 (to manage, to arrange) [colloquial] if you want to meet him, I'll try to work it for you
si quieres conocerlo, veré si lo puedo arreglarshe worked it so that I didn't have to payse las arregló or se las ingenió para que yo no tuviera que pagar
- 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.
- 1 (get rid of) you can work off a few kilos in the gym
- 1verb + adverb 1.1 (turn out) to work out well/badly
- 1 1.1 (stimulate) they had worked up an appetite
- the action works up to a climax
puede rebajar algunos kilos haciendo ejercicios en el gimnasiohe works his frustrations off on me
se desahoga or se desquita de sus frustraciones metiéndose conmigo
se desahoga or se desquita de sus frustraciones agarrándosela conmigo (Latin America) [colloquial]2
salir or resultar bien/malit works out more/less expensive by rail
sale or resulta más caro/más barato en trento work out
sale (a) 75 dólares el gramo/por cabezathe complete package works out at $420
el paquete completo sale (por) 420 dólares1.2 (be successful)
(plan)things haven't worked out for her
las cosas no le han salido bien1.3 (train, exercise) (Sport)
hacer ejercicio2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (solve)
(riddle/puzzle)things will work themselves out
las cosas se arreglarán solasthey've got to work things out for themselves
tienen que resolver las cosas por sí mismoswe can work it out!
¡ya lo arreglaremos!2.2 (find, calculate)
(percentage/probability)have you worked out the answer?
¿lo has resuelto?he worked out how much we would need
calculó cuánto necesitaríamos2.3 (understand)
(person/attitude) (British English)I couldn't work out what he meant
no lograba entender qué quería decirI can't work out why he did such a thing
no logro entender or no me explico por qué hizo semejante cosaI can't work out where we are
no me doy cuenta de dónde estamos2.4 (devise, determine) we've worked out a deal with the unions
hemos llegado a un acuerdo con los sindicatosthe details still have to be worked out
todavía falta finalizar los detallesI'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 dineroto have it all worked out [colloquial]
tenerlo todo resuelto or planeado2.5 (complete)
(prison sentence)to work out one's notice
trabajar hasta el final del período de preaviso2.6 (exhaust)
darle una paliza a
sacarle la mugre a (Latin America) [colloquial]
se les había abierto el apetitoI couldn't work up much enthusiasm
no me entusiasmaba demasiadowith all that talking I'd worked up quite a thirst
me había dado mucha sed de tanto hablarto work up a sweat
empezar a sudarto work up a lather
hacer espuma1.2 (excite, arouse) she gets very worked up about it
se pone como locayou'll only work yourself up
solo vas a conseguir disgustarte or hacerte mala sangreto work somebody/oneself up
se pone como locathey had been worked up into a frenzy
los habían puesto frenéticosto work somebody/oneself up
los habían exaltado
los habían exaltado
los sobreexcitó hasta el delirio2 2.1 (increase, expand) she worked the factory up into what it is today
desarrolló la fábrica hasta convertirla en lo que es hoy día2.2 (improve)
la trama se desarrolla hasta llegar a un clímaxshe thought he was working up to a proposal
creyó que estaba preparando el terreno para pedirle matrimonioshe finally sacked him: she'd been working up to it for months
finalmente lo echó: hacía meses que lo venía preparando or madurandoI wonder what he's working up to
me pregunto qué se propone
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