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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wur-king]
    • /ˈwɜr kɪŋ/
    • /ˈwɜːkɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wur-king]
    • /ˈwɜr kɪŋ/

Definitions of working word

  • noun working exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil. 1
  • noun working productive or operative activity. 1
  • noun working employment, as in some form of industry, especially as a means of earning one's livelihood: to look for work. 1
  • noun working one's place of employment: Don't phone him at work. 1
  • noun working something on which exertion or labor is expended; a task or undertaking: The students finished their work in class. 1
  • noun working materials, things, etc., on which one is working or is to work. 1

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Origin of working

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
First recorded in 1250-1300, working is from the Middle English word werking. See work, -ing1, -ing2

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Parts of speech for Working


working popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for working

adjective working

  • operational — able to function or be used; functional: How soon will the new factory be operational?
  • functioning — the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role.
  • effective — adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result: effective teaching methods; effective steps toward peace.
  • running — an act or instance, or a period of running: a five-minute run before breakfast.
  • active — Someone who is active moves around a lot or does a lot of things.

noun working

  • operation — an act or instance, process, or manner of functioning or operating.
  • cultivation — the planting, tending, improving, or harvesting of crops or plants
  • transference — the act or process of transferring.
  • agronomy — the science of cultivation of land, soil management, and crop production
  • ballgame — any game played with a ball

Antonyms for working

adjective working

  • idle — not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.
  • inactive — not active: an inactive volcano.
  • unemployed — not employed; without a job; out of work: an unemployed secretary.
  • unengaged — busy or occupied; involved: deeply engaged in conversation.
  • apathetic — If you describe someone as apathetic, you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about doing anything.

noun working

  • malfunction — failure to function properly: a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket.

Top questions with working

  • how its working?
  • how many working day in a year?
  • what is working?
  • how many working days in a year?

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