Definition of WORKING

noun : WORKING

Source: WordNet 3.1

verb : WORKING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 2. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 3. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 4. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 6. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest" ;

  • 8. (

    ) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics" ;

  • 9. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 10. (

    ) move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension" ;

  • 11. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 14. (

    ) behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well" ;

  • 15. (

    ) have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate" ;

  • 16. (

    ) operate in or through; "Work the phones" ;

  • 17. (

    ) cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?" ;

  • 18. (

    ) provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy" ;

  • 19. (

    ) gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds" ;

  • 20. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 21. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 22. (

    ) make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft" ;

  • 23. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 24. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 25. (

    ) cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the w