Useful Phrasal Verbs with WORK in English

Learn Useful Phrasal Verbs with WORK in English


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Learn Useful Phrasal Verbs with WORK in English

Work on

  • Meaning: Shape, form or improve something
  • Example: John’s in the studio working on the plans for the new house.

Work on

  • Meaning: Exercise influence on someone
  • Example: Leave it to me. I’ll try to work on the boss to give us the day off.

Work out

  • Meaning: Calculate
  • Example: Can you work out how to get to the university by car?

Work out

  • Meaning: Make sense of
  • Example: I can’t work these instructions out.

Work out

  • Meaning: Smooth
  • Example: This is a beta version; we’re still working out the kinks.

Work out

  • Meaning: Conclude with the correct solution
  • ExampleThese figures just don’t work out.

Work out

  • Meaning: Succeed
  • ExampleAre you still seeing John? – No, it didn’t work out.

Work out

  • Meaning: Habitually exercise rigorously, especially by lifting weights, in order to increase strength or muscle mass or maintain fitness
  • ExampleWow, you’re looking good! Do you work out?

Work out

  • Meaning: Used other than as an idiom: see work,‎ out
  • ExampleHe works out of a small office shared with three others.

Work over

  • Meaning: Improve a prototype, or first draft
  • ExampleThe estimated figures are not bad, but somebody will have to work them over.

Work over

  • Meaning: Physically attack in order to cause injury
  • ExampleHe’ll talk, once we work him over.

Work sb out

  • Meaning: Understand sb’s behaviour or nature
  • Example: He’s so good in fact it seems virtually no one has worked him out.

Work smt off

  • Meaning: Get rid of unpleasant feelings by doing physical activity
  • ExampleHe works off nervousness by knitting.

Work sth out

  • Meaning: Understand sth by thinking about it
  • Example: I can’t work him out.

Work sth out

  • Meaning: Solve a problem or issue
  • ExampleIt makes sense to get the taxman to work the figure out.

Work through

  • Meaning: Deal with, resolve a problem, often emotional
  • ExampleHe needs to work through some of the guilt he’s feeling.

Work up

  • Meaning: Raise; to excite; to stir up
  • ExampleHe worked up the public’s passions to rage.

Work up

  • Meaning: Develop
  • ExampleI shall have worked up an appetite with all this heavy work.


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