Synonyms of work in English:

work


See definition of work

noun

1‘he was tired after a day's work in the fields’

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labour, toil, exertion, effort, slog, drudgery, the sweat of one's brow

industry

service

informal grind, sweat, donkey work, spadework, elbow grease

British informal graft, fag

NZ Australian informal yakka

archaic travail, moil

ANTONYMS

leisure, rest

2‘his work takes him to France, Spain, and Germany’

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employment, job, day job, post, position, situation, means of earning one's living, occupation, profession, career, business, trade, line

vocation, calling

archaic employ

3‘haven't you got any work to do?’

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tasks, jobs, duties, assignments, commissions, projects

chores

4‘one of the best works of modern English literature’

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composition, piece, creation, achievement, accomplishment

work of art, opus, oeuvre

5‘the shooting was the work of a radical left-wing group’

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handiwork, doing, act, deed, feat, performance

6works‘a lifetime spent doing good works’

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deeds, acts, actions

7works‘the complete works of Shakespeare’

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writings, oeuvre, canon, output

8works‘the site of a former car works’

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factory, plant, manufacturing complex, mill, foundry, yard, industrial unit, business unit

workshop, shop

9works‘the works of a clock’

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mechanism, machinery, workings, working parts, parts, movement, action

informal innards, insides

10the works‘for only $60 you can get the works’

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everything, the full treatment

everything but the kitchen sink, the lot, the whole shooting match, the whole caboodle, the whole kit and caboodle, the whole shebang, the whole nine yards

British the full monty

North American the whole ball of wax


verb

1‘staff worked late into the night to make the necessary repairs’

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toil, labour, exert oneself, plod away

work one's fingers to the bone, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, work day and night, keep at it, keep one's nose to the grindstone

informal beaver away, plug away, peg away, put one's back into something, work one's guts out, work one's socks off, knock oneself out, sweat blood, kill oneself

British informal graft, fag

NZ Australian informal bullock

British vulgar slang work one's arse off, work one's balls off

North American vulgar slang work one's ass off, work one's butt off

archaic drudge, travail, moil

ANTONYMS

rest, play

2‘Taylor has worked in education for 17 years’

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be employed, have a job, earn one's living, hold down a job, do business, follow one's trade, ply one's trade

3‘many farmers had given up working the land’

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cultivate, farm, till, plough

exploit

4‘Dino's car was now working perfectly’

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function, go, run, operate, perform

be in working order

informal behave

5‘she showed me how to work the ice-cream machine’

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operate, use, handle, control, manipulate, manoeuvre, drive, run, direct

ply, wield

6‘their desperate ploy had worked’

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succeed, be successful, work out, turn out well, go as planned, have the desired result, get results

be effective, take effect, be efficacious

informal come off, pay off, do the trick, do the business

North American informal turn the trick

ANTONYMS

fail

7‘with a dash of blusher you can work miracles’

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bring about, accomplish, achieve, produce, do, perform, carry out, implement, execute, create, engender, contrive, effect

8‘the chairman was prepared to work it for Philip if he was interested’

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arrange, manipulate, manoeuvre, contrive

pull strings

North American pull wires

fix, swing, wangle, fiddle

9‘he worked the crowd into a frenzy’

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excite, drive, move, spur, rouse, fire, galvanize

whip up, inflame, incite, agitate

10‘work the mixture into a paste’

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knead, squeeze, form, shape, fashion, mould, model

mix, stir, blend

11‘he worked the blade into the padlock’

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manoeuvre, manipulate, negotiate, guide, edge

12‘Bella's mouth worked furiously for a few seconds’

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twitch, quiver, twist, move spasmodically, convulse

13‘John had worked his way through the crowd’

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manoeuvre, make, thread, wind, weave


Phrases

    work on someone

      ‘leave him to me—I'll work on him’

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      persuade, manipulate, influence, sway, put pressure on, lean on

      coax, cajole, wheedle, soften up

      informal

      twist someone's arm, put the squeeze on

      work
    work out

      1‘the bill works out at £50’

      SYNONYMS

      amount to, add up to, come to, total

      British

      tot up to

      2‘I'm glad my idea worked out’

      SYNONYMS

      succeed, be successful, work, turn out well, go as planned, get results, be effective

      informal

      come off, pay off, do the trick, do the business

      ANTONYMS

      fail

      3‘things didn't quite work out the way she had planned’

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      end up, turn out, go, come out, develop, evolve, result

      happen, occur

      informal

      pan out

      4‘Bob keeps in shape by working out at the local gym’

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      exercise, do exercises, train

    work something out

      1‘work out how much you can afford to spend’

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      calculate, compute, reckon up, determine

      2‘I'm still trying to work out what she meant’

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      understand, comprehend, puzzle out, sort out, reason out, make sense of, think out, think through, get to the bottom of, make head or tail of, solve, find an answer to, find an solution to, unravel, untangle, decipher, decode, find the key to, piece together

      informal

      figure out, crack

      British informal

      suss out

      3‘they worked out a plan of action’

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      devise, formulate, draw up, put together, develop, prepare, construct, arrange, organize, plan, think up, contrive, concoct

      hammer out, thrash out, reach an agreement on, negotiate

    work someone over

      ‘it looked like someone had worked him over to get him to say what they wanted him to say’

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      beat up, beat, attack, assault, knock about, knock around, maltreat, mistreat, abuse, batter, manhandle

      informal

      do over, bash up, rough up, beat the living daylights out of

      British informal

      duff up

      North American informal

      beat up on

    work something up

      ‘he couldn't seem to work up any enthusiasm’

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      stimulate, rouse, raise, arouse, awaken, excite, build up, whet

      develop, produce