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Princeton's WordNet

  1. work(noun)

    activity directed toward making or doing something

    "she checked several points needing further work"

    Synonyms:
    piece of work, workplace, body of work, employment, oeuvre, study

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, slug, idle, laze

  2. work, piece of work(noun)

    a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing

    "it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works"; "the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or water over time"

    Synonyms:
    piece of work, workplace, body of work, employment, oeuvre, study, work

    Antonyms:
    slug, stagnate, laze, idle

  3. employment, work(noun)

    the occupation for which you are paid

    "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"

    Synonyms:
    employ, use, utilisation, workplace, exercise, study, employment, usage, oeuvre, body of work, piece of work, work, utilization, engagement

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, laze, slug, idle

  4. study, work(noun)

    applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)

    "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"

    Synonyms:
    piece of work, subject, report, discipline, subject area, work, oeuvre, study, employment, workplace, sketch, cogitation, written report, survey, body of work, field, field of study, bailiwick, subject field

    Antonyms:
    idle, slug, stagnate, laze

  5. work(noun)

    (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force

    "work equals force times distance"

    Synonyms:
    piece of work, workplace, body of work, employment, oeuvre, study

    Antonyms:
    laze, idle, slug, stagnate

  6. workplace, work(noun)

    a place where work is done

    "he arrived at work early today"

    Synonyms:
    piece of work, workplace, body of work, employment, oeuvre, study, work

    Antonyms:
    slug, stagnate, idle, laze

  7. oeuvre, work, body of work(verb)

    the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)

    "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre"; "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"

    Synonyms:
    piece of work, workplace, body of work, employment, oeuvre, study, work

    Antonyms:
    slug, idle, stagnate, laze

  8. work(verb)

    exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

    "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, laze, slug, idle

  9. work, do work(verb)

    be employed

    "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, work, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    slug, idle, stagnate, laze

  10. work, act(verb)

    have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected

    "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, dissemble, act, shape, bring, move, behave, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, roleplay, figure out, form, pretend, mould, sour, playact, work, do, exploit, go, play, represent, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, act as, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    laze, slug, stagnate, idle

  11. function, work, operate, go, run(verb)

    perform as expected when applied

    "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore"

    Synonyms:
    lick, function, perish, break away, give way, hold out, hunt, run, endure, lead, give out, unravel, carry, fit, operate, travel, take to the woods, last, die, track down, mold, go away, act, snuff it, go, bunk, run away, solve, act upon, turn tail, head for the hills, run low, do work, plump, fly the coop, prevail, process, execute, mould, wreak, incline, drop dead, put to work, course, tend, work, scarper, blend in, run short, croak, get going, control, ferment, range, serve, work out, pass away, consort, live, cash in one's chips, kick the bucket, blend, flow, hunt down, knead, scat, bring, break, figure out, escape, form, rifle, locomote, lock, exploit, run for, lean, belong, make, give-up the ghost, go bad, survive, cultivate, manoeuvre, melt down, get, be given, turn, expire, ladder, draw, become, bleed, manoeuver, persist, live on, campaign, forge, move, influence, engage, pop off, sound, fail, conk out, extend, start, depart, operate on, decease, puzzle out, play, hold up, proceed, break down, lam, melt, crop, exit, conk, work on, exercise, buy the farm, ply, hightail it, sour, feed, choke, race, guide, die hard, pass, shape, make for, mesh, officiate, black market, maneuver

    Antonyms:
    idle, slug, laze, stagnate

  12. work, work on, process(verb)

    shape, form, or improve a material

    "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, litigate, treat, forge, lick, work at, solve, march, make, swear out, figure out, form, mould, sour, work, action, exploit, go, play, sue, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, serve, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, slug, laze, idle

  13. exercise, work, work out(verb)

    give a workout to

    "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"; "this puzzle will exercise your mind"

    Synonyms:
    elaborate, knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, exert, run, function, put to work, work up, figure, forge, lick, work out, make, cipher, figure out, form, compute, mould, sour, calculate, work, do, exploit, go, play, drill, make for, mold, practice, puzzle out, act upon, do work, process, crop, exercise, solve, ferment, influence, work on, cypher, practise, wreak, cultivate, reckon

    Antonyms:
    laze, stagnate, slug, idle

  14. make, work(verb)

    proceed along a path

    "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"

    Synonyms:
    wee-wee, wreak, take, micturate, bring in, run, construct, draw, operate, have, lay down, solve, piddle, hold, function, mold, piss, act, constitute, do, earn, reach, go, make believe, act upon, get to, shit, defecate, crop, do work, bring, name, pass water, process, mould, stimulate, progress to, create, crap, take a shit, pretend, make water, gain, ready, ferment, establish, knead, realize, play, make up, give, attain, pull in, induce, form, exploit, pee, make, wee, cultivate, ca-ca, get, prepare, figure out, shape, work out, lick, hit, produce, score, turn, build, influence, forge, throw, put to work, arrive at, pee-pee, relieve oneself, spend a penny, puzzle out, take in, puddle, take a crap, clear, cook, work on, exercise, nominate, sour, take a leak, cause, urinate, make for, work, fix, realise, stool, seduce

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, laze, idle, slug

  15. work(verb)

    operate in a certain place, area, or specialty

    "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, laze, idle, slug

  16. work(verb)

    proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity

    "work your way through every problem or task"; "She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived"; "Start from the bottom and work towards the top"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, stagnate, idle

  17. work(verb)

    move in an agitated manner

    "His fingers worked with tension"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    laze, idle, slug, stagnate

  18. bring, work, play, wreak, make for(verb)

    cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

    "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"

    Synonyms:
    take on, knead, land, operate, fiddle, bet, process, work, shape, get, impart, add, work out, run, act as, function, put to work, flirt, trifle, take, forge, meet, lick, spiel, solve, make, roleplay, dally, fetch, act, figure out, form, toy, turn, mould, sour, playact, encounter, exploit, make for, go, bestow, play, represent, do work, mold, bring, recreate, puzzle out, institute, diddle, convey, crop, exercise, bring in, ferment, cultivate, work on, contribute, act upon, influence, wreak, lend, wager

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, idle, stagnate

  19. work, put to work(verb)

    cause to work

    "he is working his servants hard"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, work, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    idle, laze, stagnate, slug

  20. cultivate, crop, work(verb)

    prepare for crops

    "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, sour, act, shape, clip, cultivate, civilise, work out, run, wreak, function, prune, forge, lick, civilize, solve, pasture, trim, browse, figure out, form, naturalise, mould, train, play, naturalize, exploit, go, make, do work, make for, mold, tame, bring, educate, puzzle out, put to work, school, process, crop, work, ferment, domesticate, work on, graze, act upon, cut back, influence, snip, lop, exercise, dress, range

    Antonyms:
    laze, stagnate, idle, slug

  21. work(verb)

    behave in a certain way when handled

    "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    laze, idle, slug, stagnate

  22. influence, act upon, work(verb)

    have and exert influence or effect

    "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, regulate, determine, figure out, form, mould, sour, work, exploit, make for, go, play, do work, mold, tempt, charm, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate, puzzle out

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, idle, stagnate

  23. work(verb)

    operate in or through

    "Work the phones"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    idle, slug, laze, stagnate

  24. work(verb)

    cause to operate or function

    "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, idle, laze, slug

  25. work(verb)

    provoke or excite

    "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, stagnate, idle

  26. work(verb)

    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

    "the political candidate worked the crowds"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, stagnate, idle

  27. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge(verb)

    make something, usually for a specific function

    "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"

    Synonyms:
    spring, knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, model, excogitate, imprint, work out, run, spurt, function, put to work, organize, forge, lick, take form, solve, make, regulate, determine, figure out, cast, form, fake, mould, sour, invent, play, exploit, make for, spirt, go, take shape, fashion, do work, hammer, mold, organise, mildew, puzzle out, act upon, counterfeit, process, crop, work, ferment, influence, work on, constitute, formulate, wreak, cultivate, exercise, contrive, devise

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, idle, slug, laze

  28. work(verb)

    move into or onto

    "work the raisins into the dough"; "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation"; "work the body onto the flatbed truck"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    laze, stagnate, idle, slug

  29. knead, work(verb)

    make uniform

    "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, massage, work, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, rub down, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, act upon, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, idle, slug, laze

  30. exploit, work(verb)

    use or manipulate to one's advantage

    "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, overwork, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, work, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, tap, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    idle, laze, slug, stagnate

  31. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work(verb)

    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

    "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"

    Synonyms:
    influence, knead, turn, operate, act, shape, lap up, bat, cream, work out, run, function, put to work, figure, elaborate, lick, forge, clear, make, drub, figure out, form, compute, mould, sour, calculate, solve, work, exploit, go, play, work up, make for, mold, bring, clobber, thrash, reckon, act upon, do work, process, crop, exercise, resolve, ferment, cultivate, work on, cypher, lap, cipher, wreak, puzzle out

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, idle, slug, laze

  32. ferment, work(verb)

    cause to undergo fermentation

    "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, work, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    laze, slug, idle, stagnate

  33. sour, turn, ferment, work(verb)

    go sour or spoil

    "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

    Synonyms:
    knead, bend, operate, wrick, process, work, deform, shape, change state, figure out, move around, twist, work out, release, run, wreak, function, rick, call on, acidify, lick, forge, solve, flex, act, wrench, become, form, plow, acetify, mould, sour, exploit, go, grow, sprain, play, do work, make for, mold, bring, change by reversal, puzzle out, put to work, turn over, reverse, crop, exercise, ferment, cultivate, work on, act upon, turn, influence, acidulate, plough, make

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, idle, stagnate

  34. work(verb)

    arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion

    "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, figure out, form, mould, sour, exploit, go, play, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    idle, stagnate, slug, laze

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. work

    Work is the generic term for any continuous application of energy toward an end; work may be hard or easy. Labor is hard and wearying work; toil is straining and exhausting work. Work is also used for any result of working, physical or mental, and has special senses, as in mechanics, which labor and toil do not share. Drudgery is plodding, irksome, and often menial work. Compare ACT; BUSINESS.

    Synonyms:
    achievement, action, business, deed, doing, drudgery, employment, exertion, labor, occupation, performance, product, production, toil

    Antonyms:
    ease, idleness, leisure, recreation, relaxation, repose, rest, vacation

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. work(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    act, operate, be in action

  2. work(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    labor, toil, moil, drudge, strive, exert one's self, be diligent, be at work

  3. work(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    move, perform, succeed, get on

  4. work(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    ferment, effervesce

  5. work(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    heave, be tossed, be agitated

  6. work(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    labor upon, operate upon

  7. work(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    produce, originate, accomplish, effect, bring about

  8. work(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    keep at work

  9. work(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    exert, strain

  10. work(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    embroider

  11. work(n.)

    Synonyms:
    toil, labor (that fatigues), drudgery

  12. work(n.)

    Synonyms:
    occupation, exertion, employment, business

  13. work(n.)

    Synonyms:
    product (of labour), performance, production, fruit, achievement, deed, action, feat

  14. work(n.)

    Synonyms:
    fabric, structure, manufacture

  15. work(n.)

    Synonyms:
    composition, book, literary production

  16. work(n.)

    Synonyms:
    management, treatment


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