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noun work pronunciation in American English /wɜrk/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a job that someone is paid to do
    I started work when I was sixteen.
    find work (=get a job): Many of the people facing downsizing believe they will never find work again.
    1. a.
      the things that you do as part of your job
      Her work will include planting trees and caring for animals.
      Employees may take work home if they wish.
    2. b.
      the time that someone spends doing their job
      We rehearse for a few hours every day after work.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] activity that involves physical or mental effort
    I know you’ve got a lot of work to do.
    Thank you for all your hard work.
  3. 4
    [uncountable] something that someone makes or does in their job
    Carol and her subcommittee did some nice work on the document.
    piece of work: It’s not the best piece of work you’ve ever done.
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] something produced by a writer, painter, musician, or other artist
      Our final-year students invite you to an exhibition of their work.
      work of: This is a minor but moving work of literature.
      a study of the life and works of Baudelaire
  4. 5
    [uncountable plural] the repairing and building of something. You can also talk about works, and this has the same meaning
    There will be no disruption of traffic while the work is carried out.
  5. 6
    [uncountable] cosmetic surgery
    I think she’s had some work done.


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