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To work, and to work in a particular way - thesaurus

Synonyms

work

verb

to have a job, usually one that you are paid to do

serve

verb

to do a job or to perform duties for a person or organization

collaborate

verb

to work with someone in order to produce something

volunteer

verb

to do some work without getting paid

staff

verb

to be a worker in an organization

cover for

to do someone’s work while they are away or ill

fill someone’s shoes

to do the job that someone used to do

double as

to have another use or job as something

take in

to do work for someone else in your home

be your own boss

to work for yourself and not be employed by someone else

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come in

to go to work

come in

if someone comes in, they come to your house in order to do work

deputise

a British spelling of deputize

deputize

verb

to temporarily do the work of someone more senior than you

fetch and carry

to do small simple jobs for someone such as bringing them things that they want

job-share

verb

to share the work from a single job with another person, so that each of you works for part of the day or week

moonlight

verb

informal to have a second job in addition to your main job that you do not tell the tax authorities about

ply your trade

to do your job

service

verb

to do work or to perform duties for a person, an organization, or a community

stuff envelopes

to do the boring work of putting letters inside envelopes

temp

verb

informal to work as a temp

touch

verb

to work on something

work

verb

if you work a particular area or type of place, you go to that area or to those places as part of your job, for example to try and sell things or to perform there

work your way through college/university

to have a job when you are at college/university in order to help to pay for your studies

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