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 The pandemic also ignited an existential crisis for the white-collar worker class. New York Times, "The Rise of the Wellness App," 17 Feb. 2021 Some refiners have gone out of business while others have scaled back capacity because of both low demand and worker shortages due to COVID, Flynn says. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Gas prices to rise as winter storm rages, shutting refineries, stores and delaying shipments. Is $3 fuel coming?," 17 Feb. 2021 That program hires homeless parents to make coats for other homeless people with the goal of getting that worker's whole family off the streets. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM's support of this group, helped her and dozens escape homelessness," 16 Feb. 2021 Hotel Eastlund in the Lloyd District reported a similar jump from about 15 to 20% occupancy to being completely sold out for two nights in a row, said front desk worker Taylore King. oregonlive, "Portland hotels packed as Oregonians seek shelter from storm, power outages," 16 Feb. 2021 And adding new products into a hospital’s inventory can be tricky: Every health care worker must be fit-tested before using a new brand. Jason Dearen, Chron, "Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell," 16 Feb. 2021 The only role for Black people, free or enslaved, was as musician or worker. M Nourbese Philip, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pay De Devil: On Celebrating Jouvay," 16 Feb. 2021 Copying your style might also be a mark of your co-worker's insecurity, and a subconscious way of elevating her own standing. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Imitation is more annoying than flattering," 12 Feb. 2021 So far, no Parma worker has reported any fraudulent use of their personal information. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma accidentally mails unsealed W-2s to employees, spends $12,000 on identity theft protection," 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of worker

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

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

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23 Feb 2021

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“Worker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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