work on

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work on (third-person singular simple present works on, present participle working on, simple past and past participle worked on)

  1. (transitive) To shape, form or improve something.
    John's in the studio working on the plans for the new house.
  2. (transitive) To exercise influence on someone.
    Leave it to me. I'll try to work on the boss to give us the day off.