What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1[intransitive] to have a job, usually one that you are paid to do
Dominic works part-time.work with:
The instructor is qualified to work with children.work in:
I hope to work in marketing when I'm older.work as:
She worked as a journalist.work for:
She works for a big law firm in the city.
- 2[intransitive] to spend time trying to achieve something, especially when this involves using a great effort
I've been working in the garden all day.work on:
Our thanks go to everybody who has worked on this project.work to do something:
He worked tirelessly to improve safety conditions in the mines.
- 4[intransitive] to succeed
If this plan doesn't work, we'll think of something else.
The strategy seems to be working.
- a.to have a particular effect or result
The drug works by blocking the spread of the virus.work for/against someone (=have a good/bad result):
Criticizing your former employer works against you in an interview.work in someone's favor/work to someone's advantage (=be an advantage to someone):
The exchange rate is currently working in the company's favor.
- 5[intransitive/transitive] to move gradually from one position to another
The strap of one of her sandals had worked itself loose.
work both ways
work for someonespoken
work like magic
or work like a charm
work the system
work a treatBritish informal
work your butt offinformal
work your fingers to the bone
work your way
work your way through school/college