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 killer accessed their victims’ homes, many of whom lived alone, by posing as a social worker. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2021 Castile, 32, worked as an elementary school cafeteria worker when he was killed by a police officer in Minnesota during a traffic stop in July 2016. NBC News, 4 June 2021 Joe Shay, a team coordinator for Boston Medical Center’s Project Trust, has noticed changes in drug use patterns in his five years as a street outreach worker., 4 June 2021 The police described the other detainee as a 20-year-old food-delivery worker named Mr. Cheung. John Lyons, WSJ, 4 June 2021 What started out as a series of Instagram stories on one Massachusetts brewery worker's account blossomed into an existential crisis for the industry on a national scale. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021 Unreduced excess spousal benefits are calculated by subtracting the spouse's primary insurance amount (PIA) from 50% of the worker's PIA. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 1 June 2021 This expertise, as a child formerly in foster care, as an advocate, and as a social worker, inform the stories offered in Anthony’s book. Essence, 28 May 2021 Chipotle Mexican Grill also said this month its typical worker's pay will increase by about $2 an hour by the end of June. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of worker

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

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11 Jun 2021

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“Worker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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