What does ‘work’ mean?

The word ‘work’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to perform tasks (often for money) or to function.

For example:

  • I’m working on my essay today. (perform tasks)
  • My phone has stopped working. (function)

 

Work is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is worked.

phrasal verbs with work

Phrasal verbs with ‘work’ include:

  • Work around (deal with a problem)
  • Work in (integrate)
  • Work off (work to pay a debt)
  • Work on (improve)
  • Work out (solve)
  • Work through (deal with/solve a problem)
  • Work up (get angry/excited/upset)
phrasal verbs with work

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘work’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with work - work around
phrasal verbs with work - work in
phrasal verbs with work - work off
phrasal verbs with work - work on
phrasal verbs with work - work out
phrasal verbs with work - work through
phrasal verbs with work - work up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with work below.

idioms with verbs – WORK

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with work, how about learning the idioms with work too?