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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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