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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Synonyms & Antonyms for worker


employee (also employe), hand, hireling, jobholder, retainer



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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Aid workers reckon that the Nigerian government has posted no more than two civilian administrators to the town. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 In the end, migrant workers simply splashed paint on buildings, many of them architectural monuments, to obscure their battered state, said Anna A. Davydova, a local urban preservation activist. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 About 20 election workers with the secular Awami National Party were killed Tuesday in a suicide blast in the northwestern capital of Peshawar. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "As former Pakistan leader returns to begin jail sentence, deadly bombing adds to ‘atmosphere of fear’," 13 July 2018 And his dislikes: Pants, dirty stupid cancer, and the times hospital workers had to access his medical port. Fox News, "Obit, memorial service of 5-year-old Iowa boy gets attention," 13 July 2018 Last month, workers and rights groups persuaded Google not to renew a contract to supply artificial intelligence tools to help the Pentagon analyze footage from drone aircraft. Joseph Menn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics," 13 July 2018 At another, Cash is instructed to kinda-sorta-maybe sell those contract workers. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Dystopian Send-Up of Dystopias," 13 July 2018 The widow of a UAW vice president who is also a prominent Detroit-area photographer on Friday became the first person sentenced in a case tied to the wide-ranging scandal involving misuse of money meant to train Fiat Chrysler Automobiles workers. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 July 2018 Some Walmart workers have previously pushed back on the company's surveillance and efforts to regulate employee behavior. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Walmart patents audio surveillance technology to record customers and employees," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of worker

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

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Phrases Related to worker

care worker

day worker

voluntary worker

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The first known use of worker was in the 14th century

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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


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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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