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Definition of worker noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(often in compounds) a person who works, especially one who does a particular kind of work farm/factory/office workers rescue/aid/research workers temporary/part-time/freelance workers manual/skilled/unskilled workers Topic CollocationsJobsgetting a job look for work look for/apply for/go for a job get/pick up/complete/fill out an application (form) send/e-mail your résumé/CV/application/application form/cover letter be called for/have/attend an interview offer somebody a job/work/employment/a promotion find/get/land a job employ/hire/recruit staff/workers/trainees recruit/appoint a managerdoing a job arrive at/get to/leave work/the office/the factory start/finish work/your shift do/put in/work overtime have/gain/get/lack/need experience/qualifications do/get/have/receive training learn/pick up/improve/develop (your) skills cope with/manage/share/spread/delegate the workload improve your/achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/job securitybuilding a career have a job/work/a career/a vocation find/follow/pursue your vocation enter/go into/join a profession choose/embark on/start/begin/pursue a career change jobs/professions/careers be/go/work freelance do/take on temp work/freelance work do/be engaged in/be involved in volunteer workleaving your job leave/quit/resign from your job give up work/your job/your career hand in your notice/resignation plan to/be due to retire in June/next year, etc. take early retirement see also guest worker, sex worker, social worker
  2. 2[usually plural] a person who is employed in a company or industry, especially someone who does physical work rather than organizing things or managing people Conflict between employers and workers intensified and the number of strikes rose. talks between workers and management
  3. 3(usually after an adjective) a person who works in a particular way a hard/fast/quick/slow worker
  4. 4a female bee that helps do the work of the group of bees but does not reproduce compare drone, queen bee
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: worker