un·​worked | \ ˌən-ˈwərkt How to pronounce unworked (audio) \

Definition of unworked

: not worked unworked fields

Examples of unworked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new support program unveiled last week requires employees to work at least 20% of their hours to receive aid, and their firms are on the hook to make a 5% contribution for unworked time. David Goodman, Bloomberg.com, "Furlough Ends With U.K. Jobs Market Facing a Bleak Winter," 31 Oct. 2020 Tilling 2 acres of formerly unworked land with a walk-behind tiller was wearying, but the promise of giant bucks with big racks made the task less daunting. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, "The Origin Story of Food Plots for Deer Hunting," 5 Nov. 2020 The government cut the proportion of wages for unworked hours that businesses must pay to employees who are returning part-time. David Goodman, Bloomberg.com, "Sunak Boosts U.K. Aid Again as Economy Reels Under Virus Curbs," 22 Oct. 2020 The state police report noted that if its budget is reduced, cases may go unworked. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "After pressure to clear languishing DNA evidence like rape kits, Illinois reduces backlog by 31%," 2 Sep. 2020 For instance, archaeologist Ian Watts, who works in South Africa, has described hundreds to thousands of pieces of worked and unworked ochre at sites dating as far back as 120,000 years ago. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, "When the Sea Saved Humanity," 1 Nov. 2012 The officers were found to have been stealing from citizens for years, lying on official paperwork, and taking thousands from taxpayers in the form of unworked overtime pay. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Conviction of man arrested by the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force wiped away, posthumously," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unworked

1730, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“Unworked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworked. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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