work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər How to pronounce worker (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Rosemary Elebash, Alabama director for the NFIB, said the need for more qualified workers to fill jobs is the number one concern for businesses. Mike Cason |,, "New law reduces unemployment compensation in Alabama," 11 June 2019 Since the statute was written, aid workers around the world have faced the dual pressure of carrying out their mission while not running afoul of America’s counterterrorism objectives. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 Other workers came to the man’s aid and unstrapped him from the crane. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Construction worker suffers serious injuries while working on border fence," 10 June 2019 Twitter: @techchronicle No strike at Kaiser after all Kaiser mental health workers called off a strike that was set to begin Tuesday, following progress in negotiations with the Oakland health system., "Shutterfly, Gentry being acquired; no strike at Kaiser after all," 10 June 2019 Thousands of Chicago hotel workers went on strike in September after a five-year collective bargaining agreement expired. Robert Channick,, "Hyatt sues union to let chefs keep a hand in food preparation at its hotels," 10 June 2019 Park workers had been cleaning debris out of the area since a flood on May 8. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Wind damage forces Brazos Bend State Park to close through July 1," 10 June 2019 Aid workers took their time, therefore, even as diphtheria cases continued to soar. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 The police called an ambulance, and EMT workers found Lisa Cutler’s body on the floor. NBC News, "Drowning is one of the hardest homicides to prove. These investigators want to change that.," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of worker

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

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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 How to pronounce worker (audio) \

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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