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1. detective

noun. ['dɪˈtɛktɪv'] a police officer who investigates crimes.

Synonyms

  • investigator
  • tec
  • officer
  • plainclothesman
  • police detective
  • police officer
  • dick
  • policeman
  • hawkshaw
  • gumshoe

Antonyms

  • inoperative
  • malfunctioning
  • medical
  • insignificant

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Words that Rhyme with Detective Work

  • overwork
  • magouirk
  • leclerc
  • deklerk
  • declerque
  • declerk
  • declercq
  • declerck
  • rework
  • mcgurk
  • mcguirk
  • berserk
  • sturc
  • sterk
  • smirk
  • quirke
  • quirk
  • klerk
  • clerk
  • clercq
  • clerc
  • bjerke
  • zirk
  • yerke
  • werke
  • werk
  • turk
  • turck
  • sirk
  • shirk

Example sentences of the word detective-work


1. Noun Phrase
When you begin your detective work, start by ruling out the "usual suspects."

2. Noun Phrase
You can do the detective work yourself through Internet and library resources.

3. Noun Phrase
Identifying pear allergies can take some detective work, because pears produce relatively few allergic reactions.

4.
Noun Phrase
In the real world, you might have to do a little
detective work**.

2. work

noun. ['ˈwɝːk'] activity directed toward making or doing something.

Synonyms

  • job
  • toil
  • labour
  • procedure
  • polishing
  • activity
  • action
  • ironing
  • paperwork
  • substituting
  • lavation
  • missionary work
  • care
  • housekeeping
  • tending
  • subbing
  • spadework
  • wash
  • social service
  • busywork
  • coursework
  • washing
  • heavy lifting
  • service
  • undertaking
  • shining
  • investigating
  • aid
  • housewifery
  • nightwork
  • operation
  • loose end
  • project
  • make-work
  • housework
  • investigation
  • welfare work
  • task
  • unfinished business
  • duty
  • logging
  • mission
  • attention
  • timework

Antonyms

  • divest
  • fire
  • stay in place
  • recede

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. work

verb. ['ˈwɝːk'] be employed.

Synonyms

  • job
  • toil
  • scab
  • labour
  • drive
  • do work
  • freelance
  • slave
  • buckle down
  • fink
  • turn a trick
  • dig
  • occupy
  • tinker
  • fag
  • moil
  • farm
  • rat
  • moonlight
  • put to work
  • bank
  • man
  • fill
  • grind
  • travail
  • drudge
  • break one's back
  • serve
  • blackleg
  • subcontract
  • take
  • knuckle down

Antonyms

  • evolution
  • increment
  • irreversible process
  • reversible process

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. work

noun. ['ˈwɝːk'] a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing.

Synonyms

  • leatherwork
  • product
  • polychrome
  • wickerwork
  • lacework
  • handwork
  • ironwork
  • followup
  • publication
  • wicker
  • work in progress
  • masterpiece
  • workpiece
  • handiwork
  • chef-d'oeuvre
  • openwork
  • metalwork
  • lacquerware
  • handcraft
  • woodwork
  • production
  • follow-up
  • handicraft
  • piece of work
  • silverwork

Antonyms

  • ride
  • bore
  • defend
  • free

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. work

verb. ['ˈwɝːk'] exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity.

Synonyms

  • go through
  • slog
  • join forces
  • beaver
  • monkey
  • run through
  • beaver away
  • occupy
  • electioneer
  • intern
  • tinker
  • busy
  • page
  • skimp
  • monkey around
  • scant
  • skipper
  • work on
  • assist
  • peg away
  • mess around
  • cooperate
  • specialise
  • waitress
  • muck about
  • keep one's shoulder to the wheel
  • volunteer
  • plug away
  • specialize
  • wait
  • putter
  • clerk
  • whore
  • minister
  • collaborate
  • get together
  • work at
  • serve
  • work through
  • keep one's nose to the grindstone
  • carpenter
  • muck around
  • boondoggle
  • pull one's weight
  • potter

Antonyms

  • decrease
  • increase
  • decrement
  • devolution

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. work

noun. ['ˈwɝːk'] the occupation for which you are paid.

Synonyms

  • teleworking
  • telecommuting
  • public service
  • sailing
  • services
  • engagement
  • ministry
  • service
  • line of work
  • booking
  • work load
  • piecework
  • seafaring
  • paper route
  • coaching job
  • coaching
  • navigation
  • workload
  • line
  • business
  • employment
  • occupation

Antonyms

  • peripheral
  • unimportant
  • location
  • Heaven

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. work

verb. ['ˈwɝːk'] have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected.

Synonyms

  • deliver the goods
  • bring home the bacon
  • act
  • bring
  • play
  • win
  • come through
  • succeed
  • wreak

Antonyms

  • untroubled
  • unturned
  • well
  • expected

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

8. work

verb. ['ˈwɝːk'] perform as expected when applied.

Synonyms

  • serve
  • run
  • double
  • operate
  • go
  • function
  • service
  • roll

Antonyms

  • disorganize
  • injudiciousness
  • disinclined
  • machine wash

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

9. work

noun. ['ˈwɝːk'] applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading).

Synonyms

  • learning
  • acquisition

Antonyms

  • plain
  • inactive
  • verso

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

10. work

verb. ['ˈwɝːk'] shape, form, or improve a material.

Synonyms

  • cold work
  • shape
  • overwork
  • tool
  • form
  • transmute
  • mold
  • rework
  • coldwork
  • work on
  • process
  • retread
  • transform
  • hot-work
  • rack
  • transubstantiate
  • mould
  • make over
  • till

Antonyms

  • hide
  • disappear
  • inattention
  • inattentiveness

Etymology

  • weorc (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • wyrċan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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