work·​ing | \ ˈwər-kiŋ How to pronounce working (audio) \

Definition of working

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of working (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Adjective There is a good working relationship between the departments. the working parts of the machine
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thousands of workers nationwide voiced their frustrations with the rail industry and threatened to strike after talks to improve working conditions stalled. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2022 The railroads agreed to ease their strict attendance policies to address union concerns about working conditions. Josh Funk, Josh Boak And Zeke Miller, Chron, 16 Sep. 2022 This was after restrictive working conditions led her to leave her call center job in 2016. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2022 At the center of each of these challenges are widespread labor shortages that have caused deteriorating working conditions. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 Engineers and conductors are especially upset about difficult working conditions, including unpredictable schedules and long periods away from home. Harold Maass, The Week, 16 Sep. 2022 Like many essential workers, railroad engineers and conductors are burnt out and tired of unfavorable working conditions. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2022 At the center of each of these challenges are widespread labor shortages that have caused deteriorating working conditions. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2022 The looming strike resulted from ongoing disputes between rail companies and the unions that represent rail workers, with union leaders calling for improved working conditions. Rick Klein, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Avalyn has a 2,400-square-foot outdoor pool, 250-square-foot hot tub, balconies, gym, co-working space, pickleball area, electric vehicle charging stations, gardens and a park for pets. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 The shared living spaces include a gym, a co-working space, a coffee shop, retail, and the BAMBULE! Maureen O'hare, CNN, 7 Sep. 2022 The 41st floor will have two pools, along with a lounge, bar, kitchen, and co-working space. Shonda Novak, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2022 The brewery will host community organizations and local musicians on its outdoor patio and the space also will be used as a co-working office space. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2022 Nipsey was also involved in the creation of Vector90, a co-working space aimed to help build underrepresented entrepreneurs. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 15 Aug. 2022 Fortunately, a co-working art space opened just a few blocks away. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Hudson Kitchen provides 8,000 square feet of production, storage, and co-working space for brands ready to start, grow, and scale their businesses. Noel Cody, Essence, 25 July 2022 The Other Kitchen, and a members’ club encompassing lounge space, a screening room, co-working space and a serene wellness area. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of working


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1708, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Working.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for working


work·​ing | \ ˈwər-kiŋ How to pronounce working (audio) \

Kids Definition of working

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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