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  1. simple past tense and past participle of work


worked (not comparable)

  1. Designed or executed in a particular manner or to a particular degree.
    • 1811, William Singers, "On the Varieties of Wheat, Barley, Oats, Peas, and Beans", Prize Essays and Transactions of the Highland Society of Scotland, page 73:
      A heavy rich loam is, perhaps, the best of any; but carse lands, and well worked and manured clay soils, are also very suitable.
  2. Wrought.
    1. Processed in a particular way; prepared via labour.
      • 1832, James Justinian Morier, Zorhab the Hostage, page 39:
        ...the light and elastic spear, made of the India bamboo, and tipped with the most perfectly worked steel, which he now held in his hand...
    2. Decorated or embellished; embroidered.
      • 1803, William Alexander, The Costume of the Russian Empire, page 84:
        ...and many of them, at least when young, wear only a worked piece of linen over their head.
  3. Prepared so as to demonstrate the steps required.
    • 1835, R.H. Nicholls and Francis Walkingame, Taplin's Improved Edition of Walkingame's Tutor's Assistant, page 108:
      Place each error opposite its supposed number, as in the worked example.

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