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English adjective: working

1. working actively engaged in paid work

SamplesThe working population.
The ratio of working men to unemployed.
A working mother.
Robots can be on the job day and night.

Synonymson the job



2. working adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something

SamplesThe party has a working majority in the House.
A working knowledge of Spanish.



3. working adopted as a temporary basis for further work

SamplesA working draft.
A working hypothesis.

Similarimpermanent, temporary

Antonymslasting, permanent

4. working (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

SamplesIn running (or working) order.
A functional set of brakes.

Synonymsfunctional, operative, running


Antonymsmalfunctioning, nonfunctional

5. working serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity

SamplesDiscussed the working draft of a peace treaty.
They need working agreements with their neighbor states on interstate projects.



English noun: working

1. working (artifact) a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked


Broader (hypernym)excavation

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