Definition of working adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɜːkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrkɪŋ//
    [only before noun] How machines work
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  1. 1  having a job for which you are paid synonym employed the working population a working mother see also hard-working
  2. 2  having a job that involves hard physical work rather than office work, studying, etc. a working man a working men’s club
  3. 3  connected with your job and the time you spend doing it long working hours poor working conditions I have a good working relationship with my boss. She spent most of her working life as a teacher. recent changes in working practices
  4. 4a working breakfast or lunch is one at which you discuss business
  5. 5used as a basis for work, discussion, etc. but likely to be changed or improved in the future a working theory Have you decided on a working title for your thesis yet?
  6. 6if you have a working knowledge of something, you can use it at a basic level
  7. 7the working parts of a machine are the parts that move in order to make it function See related entries: How machines work
  8. 8a working majority is a small majority that is enough to enable a government to win votes in parliament and make new laws
  9. Idioms
    in running/working order
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    (especially of machines) working well The engine is now in perfect working order.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: working