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working

noun work·ing \ ˈwər-kiŋ \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of working

1 :the manner of functioning or operating :operation usually used in plural
  • the inner workings of the government
2 :an excavation or group of excavations made in mining, quarrying, or tunneling usually used in plural

Recent Examples of working from the Web

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First Known Use of working

14th century


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working

adjective

Definition of working

1 :engaged in work especially for wages or a salary
  • a working journalist
  • a working mother
2 :adequate to permit work to be done
  • a working majority
3 :assumed or adopted to permit or facilitate further work or activity
  • a working draft
4 :spent at work
  • working life
5 :being in use or operation
  • a working farm

Examples of working in a Sentence

  1. There is a good working relationship between the departments.

  2. the working parts of the machine

Recent Examples of working from the Web

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First Known Use of working

1708


WORKING Defined for English Language Learners

working

adjective

Definition of working for English Language Learners

  • : having a job

  • : of or relating to a person's job

  • : suitable to be worn while working


WORKING Defined for Kids

working

adjective work·ing \ ˈwər-kiŋ \

Definition of working for Students

1 :doing work especially for a living
  • working people
2 :relating to work
  • working hours
3 :good enough to allow work or further work to be done
  • a working agreement


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