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Antonyms for work
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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.

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

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. worknoun

    activity directed toward making or doing something

    "she checked several points needing further work"

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, slug, idle, laze

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

  2. work, piece of worknoun

    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"

    Antonyms:
    slug, stagnate, laze, idle

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

  3. employment, worknoun

    the occupation for which you are paid

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

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, laze, slug, idle

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

  4. study, worknoun

    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"

    Antonyms:
    idle, slug, stagnate, laze

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

  5. worknoun

    (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"

    Antonyms:
    laze, idle, slug, stagnate

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

  6. workplace, worknoun

    a place where work is done

    "he arrived at work early today"

    Antonyms:
    slug, stagnate, idle, laze

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

  7. oeuvre, work, body of workverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    slug, idle, stagnate, laze

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

  8. workverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, laze, slug, idle

    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

  9. work, do workverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    slug, idle, stagnate, laze

    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

  10. work, actverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    laze, slug, stagnate, idle

    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, 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

  11. function, work, operate, go, runverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    idle, slug, laze, stagnate

    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, 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

  12. work, work on, processverb

    shape, form, or improve a material

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

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, slug, laze, idle

    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, action, exploit, go, play, sue, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, serve, wreak, cultivate

  13. exercise, work, work outverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    laze, stagnate, slug, idle

    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, 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

  14. make, workverb

    proceed along a path

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

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, laze, idle, slug

    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, fix, realise, stool, seduce

  15. workverb

    operate in a certain place, area, or specialty

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

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, laze, idle, slug

    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

  16. workverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, stagnate, idle

    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

  17. workverb

    move in an agitated manner

    "His fingers worked with tension"

    Antonyms:
    laze, idle, slug, stagnate

    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

  18. bring, work, play, wreak, make forverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, idle, stagnate

    Synonyms:
    take on, knead, land, operate, fiddle, bet, process, 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

  19. work, put to workverb

    cause to work

    "he is working his servants hard"

    Antonyms:
    idle, laze, stagnate, slug

    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

  20. cultivate, crop, workverb

    prepare for crops

    "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"

    Antonyms:
    laze, stagnate, idle, slug

    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, ferment, domesticate, work on, graze, act upon, cut back, influence, snip, lop, exercise, dress, range

  21. workverb

    behave in a certain way when handled

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

    Antonyms:
    laze, idle, slug, stagnate

    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

  22. influence, act upon, workverb

    have and exert influence or effect

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

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, idle, stagnate

    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, exploit, make for, go, play, do work, mold, tempt, charm, act upon, process, crop, exercise, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate, puzzle out

  23. workverb

    operate in or through

    "Work the phones"

    Antonyms:
    idle, slug, laze, stagnate

    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

  24. workverb

    cause to operate or function

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

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, idle, laze, slug

    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

  25. workverb

    provoke or excite

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

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, stagnate, idle

    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

  26. workverb

    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

    "the political candidate worked the crowds"

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, stagnate, idle

    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

  27. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forgeverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, idle, slug, laze

    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, ferment, influence, work on, constitute, formulate, wreak, cultivate, exercise, contrive, devise

  28. workverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    laze, stagnate, idle, slug

    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

  29. knead, workverb

    make uniform

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

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, idle, slug, laze

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

  30. exploit, workverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    idle, laze, slug, stagnate

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, act, shape, bring, work out, run, function, put to work, overwork, 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, tap, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

  31. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, workverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    stagnate, idle, slug, laze

    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, 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

  32. ferment, workverb

    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"

    Antonyms:
    laze, slug, idle, stagnate

    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

  33. sour, turn, ferment, workverb

    go sour or spoil

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

    Antonyms:
    slug, laze, idle, stagnate

    Synonyms:
    knead, bend, operate, wrick, process, 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

  34. workverb

    arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion

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

    Antonyms:
    idle, stagnate, slug, laze

    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

How to use work in a sentence?

  1. Enbridge Energy:

    We will continue our long-term presence in the area and will work in the best interests of the affected communities and river system, this settlement embodies that commitment.

  2. John Waters:

    I pride myself on the fact that my work has no socially redeeming value.

  3. Kristen Day:

    In 1996 and several years after that there was language in the Democratic platform that said we understand that people have very differing views on this issue but we are a big tent party that includes everybody and therefore we welcome you -- people like me -- into the party so we can work on issues that we agree on.

  4. Adrienne E. Gusoff:

    Things could always be worse; for instance, you could be ugly and work in the Post Office.

  5. Northrop Frye:

    In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.

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