worker

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noun work·er \ˈwər-kər\

Definition of worker

  1. 1a :  one that works especially at manual or industrial labor or with a particular material a factory worker —often used in combinationb :  a member of the working class

  2. 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

Examples of worker in a Sentence

  1. The company is planning to hire 200 workers.

  2. The average worker earned $1,000 more this year.

  3. If management doesn't make the changes, the workers will go on strike.

  4. They are both hard workers.

14th Century

First Known Use of worker

14th century



WORKER Defined for English Language Learners

worker

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Definition of worker for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

worker

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noun work·er \ˈwər-kər\

Definition of worker for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who works cafeteria workers He's a good worker.

  2. 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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