working Definition

  • 1engaged in or intended for work, especially as opposed to leisure or pleasure
  • 2having a job or employment
  • 3functioning or operating, as a machine or system

Using working: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "working" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm working on a project for my boss.

  • Example

    She's been working at the company for five years.

  • Example

    The machine is not working properly.

  • Example

    He's been working hard all day.

working Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using working

  • working extremely hard


    I've been working like a dog all week to finish this project.

  • working one's way up

    advancing in a career or position through hard work and effort


    He started as an intern and worked his way up to CEO.

  • working knowledge

    a basic understanding or familiarity with a subject or skill


    I have a working knowledge of Spanish, but I'm not fluent.

Phrases with working

  • the social group consisting of people who are employed for wages, especially in manual or industrial work


    The working class has been hit hard by the economic recession.

  • working hours

    the period of time during which a person is expected to be at their job


    My working hours are from 9am to 5pm.

  • working conditions

    the environment and circumstances in which a person works, including factors such as safety, pay, and benefits


    The workers went on strike to protest against poor working conditions.


Summary: working in Brief

The term 'working' [ˈwɜːrkɪŋ] refers to being engaged in work, having a job, or functioning properly. It can be used to describe a person, machine, or system. Examples include 'I'm working on a project for my boss,' and 'The machine is not working properly.' Phrases like 'working class' and idioms like 'working like a dog' extend the concept to social groups and hard work, respectively.

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