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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Without legislative relief, millions of independent workers in California, including independent newspaper carriers, will not pass the new test. Thomas Newton And James Ewert, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Legislative inaction could be disastrous for newspapers," 3 Sep. 2019 As workers in Haiti agitated for higher pay and the political situation destabilized, Rawlings then moved production to Costa Rica, where balls are still produced for the major leagues and Triple A teams. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Everything You Need to Play Baseball Is Made in China — and Getting Hit by Trump’s Tariffs," 3 Sep. 2019 Though the barrier island was evacuated and closed to traffic, Florida Power & Light Co. workers in bucket trucks were busy there Tuesday morning fixing sagging power lines. Anthony Man,, "‘We got spared,’ Floridians sigh as Hurricane Dorian starts to move on," 3 Sep. 2019 Nearly 95 percent of the 18,000 grocery workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington just authorized a strike. oregonlive, "Labor disputes across Oregon heat up on Labor Day," 1 Sep. 2019 Reader boards will alert workers in the area when waste-disturbing work is in progress. Annette Cary, The Seattle Times, "After years of preparation, work to empty Hanford leak-prone waste tanks is ready to restart," 30 Aug. 2019 More: Ford workers in Louisville vote to authorize strike if needed, union leaders say Many of the upgrades have become standard in the newest high-end cars and SUVs. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Ford Motor Co. reveals $550 million investment for its Louisville Assembly Plant," 29 Aug. 2019 But tariffs on construction materials, and a scarcity of construction workers in a tight labor market with rising wages, weigh on the industry. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Pending home sales are down sharply on economic uncertainty," 29 Aug. 2019 The crooks coolly posed as customers at Avianne and Co. in the heart of the Diamond District, browsing the bling before pulling handguns on the four workers in the shop at the time of the high-noon hold-up, cops said. Fox News, "Employees tied up in ‘massive’ New York Diamond District heist," 26 Aug. 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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