worker

noun
work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər \

Definition of worker

1a : one that works especially at manual or industrial labor or with a particular material a factory worker often used in combination
b : a member of the working class
2 : any of the sexually underdeveloped and usually sterile members of a colony of social ants, bees, wasps, or termites that perform most of the labor and protective duties of the colony

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Examples of worker in a Sentence

The company is planning to hire 200 workers. The average worker earned $1,000 more this year. If management doesn't make the changes, the workers will go on strike. They are both hard workers.
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Some store owners and consumers opposed the measure, along with unionized beverage-industry workers. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Nearly all of Seattle’s soda tax is being passed on to consumers, new report shows," 8 Jan. 2019 The usual number of sick TSA workers calling in at the airport is 3.3 percent, according to agency spokesman Michael Bilelo. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "TSA Workers Are Calling Out Sick as the Government Shutdown Rages On," 7 Jan. 2019 In addition to meatpacking being physically dangerous, some research suggests that the industry may take a psychological toll on workers. Amy Quichiz, SELF, "10 Vegans of Color on What Being Vegan Means to Them," 6 Jan. 2019 Mark Wilson/Getty Images Federal workers are really being left out in the cold this holiday season. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump orders federal pay freeze for 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 After signing on 400 people to its Early Rider program in 2017, Waymo launched a program this year to help connect Phoenix-area transportation agency workers to transit. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 In July, the Guardian reported on how Amazon’s worker comp policies were failing employees after they were injured. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Amazon," 27 Dec. 2018 At the time, Susan was an unemployed charity worker living alone with her cat Pebbles. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Untold Story of 'AGT' Star Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" Audition," 19 Dec. 2018 The Warming Light Office workers universally agree: Dull and cool fluorescent lights can be a real drag, especially as the day goes on. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of worker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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worker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worker

: a person who does a particular job to earn money

: a person who is actively involved in a particular activity

: a person whose job does not involve managing other people

worker

noun
work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər \

Kids Definition of worker

1 : a person who works cafeteria workers He's a good worker.
2 : one of the members of a colony of bees, ants, wasps, or termites that do most of the work of the colony

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