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working

adjective

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2 capable of being put to use or account
  • as a would-be independent filmmaker, you'll need a working knowledge of motion picture photography and editing

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3 involved in often constant activity
  • a boss who is of the opinion that a working employee is a needed employee, as idleness is a sign of dispensability

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working

verb
present participle of work

Synonyms & Antonyms of working (Entry 2 of 2)

3 to have a certain purpose
  • the human kidneys work as a filtering system for the blood

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4 to produce a desired effect
  • this headache remedy takes half an hour to work

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6 to control the mechanical operation of
  • show me how to work the machine

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8 to take unfair advantage of
  • a young boy who worked his aunt for all she was worth in toys and candy when she visited once a year

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“Working.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/working. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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