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From Middle English bewurchen, from Old English bewyrċean, bewyrċan (to work, construct, surround with, enclose, cover, work in, insert, adorn), from Proto-Germanic *bi- + *wirkijaną (to work), equivalent to be- +‎ work. Cognate with Dutch bewerken (to work, manipulate), German bewirken (to bring about, effect), Danish bevirke (to cause). More at be-, work.


bework (third-person singular simple present beworks, present participle beworking, simple past and past participle bewrought or beworked)

  1. (transitive) To work around or about; surround.
  2. (transitive) To work, as with thread; embroider.
  3. (transitive) To work over; rework; edit.
    • 1882, John Devenish Hoppus, Riverside papers:
      The author, who knows the answer, beworks his brains to give it in a satisfactory and intelligible form to his audience; [...]