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English verb: work on

1. work on (social) to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something

SamplesThe child worked at the multiplication table until she had it down cold.

Synonymswork at

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)work

Narrower (hyponym)belabor, belabour

2. work on (creation) shape, form, or improve a material

SamplesWork stone into tools.
Process iron.
Work the metal.

Synonymsprocess, work

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)transform, transmute, transubstantiate

Narrower (hyponym)cold work, coldwork, hot-work, make over, overwork, rack, retread, rework, till, tool

Verb groupforge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

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