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  1. (heading, uncountable) Employment.
    1. Labour, occupation, job.
    2. The place where one is employed.
  2. (heading, uncountable) Effort.
    1. Effort expended on a particular task.
    2. Sustained human effort to overcome obstacles and achieve a result.
    3. Something on which effort is expended.
    4. (physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move.
    5. (physics) A measure of energy that is usefully extracted from a process.
  3. Sustained effort to achieve a goal or result, especially overcoming obstacles.
  4. (heading) Product; the result of effort.
    1. (uncountable, often in combination) The result of a particular manner of production.
    2. (uncountable, often in combination) Something produced using the specified material or tool.
    3. (countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.
    4. (countable) A fortification.
  5. (uncountable, slang, professional wrestling) The staging of events to appear as real.
  6. (mining) Ore before it is dressed.
  7. The equipment needed to inject a drug (syringes, needles, swabs etc.)
  1. (intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.
    1. Followed by in (or at, etc.) Said of one's workplace (building), or one's department, or one's trade (sphere of business).
    2. Followed by as. Said of one's job title
    3. Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.
    4. Followed by with. General use, said of either fellow employees or instruments or clients.
  2. (transitive) To effect by gradual degrees.
  3. (transitive) To embroider with thread.
  4. (transitive) To set into action.
  5. (transitive) To cause to ferment.
  6. (intransitive) To ferment.
  7. (transitive) To exhaust, by working.
  8. (transitive) To shape, form, or improve a material.
  9. (transitive) To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.
  10. (transitive) To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.
  11. (transitive) To provoke or excite; to influence.
  12. (transitive) To use or manipulate to one’s advantage.
  13. (transitive) To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
  14. (transitive) To cause to work.
  15. (intransitive) To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for.
  16. (intransitive, figuratively) To influence.
  17. (intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.
  18. (intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.
  19. (intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled;
  20. (transitive, with two objects, poetic) To cause (someone) to feel (something).
  21. (obsolete, intransitive) To hurt; to ache.
  22. To be successful.
  23. To operate a device or machinery.
  24. (farming) To cultivate soil.
  25. To arrange or contrive.
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