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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


Similaremployed


Antonymsunemployed

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.


Similarpractical


Antonymsimpractical

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


Similarfunctioning


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.


Similaroperative


Antonymsinoperative


English noun: working

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


Synonymsworkings


Broader (hypernym)excavation









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