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 for wrought
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Work \Work\ (w[^u]rk), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Worked (w[^u]rkt),
     or Wrought (r[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Working.] [AS.
     wyrcean (imp. worthe, wrohte, p. p. geworht, gewroht); akin
     to OFries. werka, wirka, OS. wirkian, D. werken, G. wirken,
     Icel. verka, yrkja, orka, Goth. wa['u]rkjan. [root]145. See
     Work, n.]
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     1. To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for
        the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in
        the performance of a task, a duty, or the like.
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              O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work,
              To match thy goodness?                --Shak.
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              Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw
              be given you.                         --Ex. v. 18.
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              Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake,
              Our life doth pass.                   --Sir J.
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     2. Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform;
        as, a machine works well.
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              We bend to that the working of the heart. --Shak.
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     3. Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or
        influence; to conduce.
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              We know that all things work together for good to
              them that love God.                   --Rom. viii.
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              This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he
              desired to be taught.                 --Locke.
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              She marveled how she could ever have been wrought
              upon to marry him.                    --Hawthorne.
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     4. To carry on business; to be engaged or employed
        customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor;
        to toil.
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              They that work in fine flax . . . shall be
              confounded.                           --Isa. xix. 9.
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     5. To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a
        state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to
        strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.
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              Confused with working sands and rolling waves.
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     6. To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or
        penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; -- with a
        following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through,
        and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work
        into the earth.
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              Till body up to spirit work, in bounds
              Proportioned to each kind.            --Milton.
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     7. To ferment, as a liquid.
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              The working of beer when the barm is put in.
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     8. To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a
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              Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so
              to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room.
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     To work at, to be engaged in or upon; to be employed in.
     To work to windward (Naut.), to sail or ply against the
        wind; to tack to windward. --Mar. Dict.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wrought \Wrought\,
     imp. & p. p. of Work; as, What hath God wrought?.
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     Note: In 1837, Samuel F. B. Morse, an American artist,
           devised a working electric telegraph, based on a rough
           knowledge of electrical circuits, electromagnetic
           induction coils, and a scheme to encode alphabetic
           letters. He and his collaborators and backers
           campaigned for years before persuading the federal
           government to fund a demonstration. Finally, on May 24,
           1844, they sent the first official long-distance
           telegraphic message in Morse code, "What hath God
           wrought," through a copper wire strung between
           Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland. The phrase
           was taken from the Bible, Numbers 23:23. It had been
           suggested to Morse by Annie Ellworth, the young
           daughter of a friend. --Library of Congress, American
           Memories series
                 Alas that I was wrought [created]! --Chaucer.
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     Note: The word wrought is sometimes assumed to be the past
           tense of wreak, as the phrases
     wreak havoc and
     wrought havoc are both commonly used. In fact,
     wrought havoc is not as common as
     wreaked havoc. Whether wrought is considered as the past
        tense of wreak or of work,
     wrought havoc has essentially the same meaning, encouraging
        the confusion. Etymologically, however, wrought is only
        the past tense of work.
              Wrought and wreaked havoc
              Recently, we mentioned that something had wreaked
              havoc with our PC. We were fairly quickly corrected
              by someone who said, "Shouldn't that be wrought
              havoc?" The answer is no, because either wreaked or
              wrought is fine here. A misconception often arises
              because wrought is wrongly assumed to be the past
              participle of wreak. In fact wrought is the past
              participle of an early version of the word work!
              Wreak comes from Old English wrecan "drive out,
              punish, avenge", which derives ultimately from the
              Indo-European root *wreg- "push, shove, drive, track
              down". Latin urgere "to urge" comes from the same
              source, giving English urge. Interestingly, wreak is
              also related to wrack and wreck. The phrase wreak
              havoc was first used by Agatha Christie in 1923.
              Wrought, on the other hand, arose in the 13th
              century as the past participle of wirchen, Old
              English for "work". In the 15th century worked came
              into use as the past participle of work, but wrought
              survived in such phrases as finely-wrought,
              hand-wrought, and, of course, wrought havoc . . . .
              Havoc, by the way, comes from Anglo-French havok,
              which derived from the phrase crier havot "to cry
              havoc". This meant "to give the army the order to
              begin seizing spoil, or to pillage". It is thought
              that this exclamation was Germanic in origin, but
              that's all that anyone will say about it! The
              destruction associated with pillaging came to be
              applied metaphorically to havoc, giving the word its
              current meaning.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wrought \Wrought\, a.
     1. Worked; elaborated; not rough or crude.
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     2. Shaped by beating with a hammer; as, wrought iron.
     Wrought iron. See under Iron.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: shaped to fit by or as if by altering the contours of a
             pliable mass (as by work or effort); "a shaped handgrip";
             "the molded steel plates"; "the wrought silver bracelet"
             [syn: shaped, molded, wrought]

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