provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
give a workout to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"; "this puzzle will exercise your mind"
proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity; "work your way through every problem or task"; "She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived"; "Start from the bottom and work towards the top"
arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"
go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"