working Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “working” in the English Dictionary

"working" in British English

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workingadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈwɜː.kɪŋ/  us   /ˈwɝː-/

working adjective [before noun] (JOB)

B1 relating to ​work: a 37-hour working week Working conditions/​practices in the ​mill have ​hardlychanged over the last 20 ​years. She has a ​difficult working relationship with many of her ​employees. having ​work: These ​taxchanges will ​affect 90 ​percent of the working ​population.
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working adjective [before noun] (MACHINE)

operating: It has taken about five ​years to ​restore the ​aircraft to (​full) workingcondition/​order. The working ​parts of a ​machine are those that ​move and make it ​work: It is ​essential that all working ​components are well ​lubricated.
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working adjective [before noun] (USEFUL)

B2 used to refer to a ​plan, ​idea, or ​knowledge that is not ​complete but is good enough to be ​useful: We have a working theory/​hypothesis about what ​caused the ​crash, which we will ​test. She's ​fluent in ​French and ​English and has a working knowledge of ​Spanish.
(Definition of working from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"working" in American English

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workingadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈwɜr·kɪŋ/

working adjective [not gradable] (DOING A JOB)

relating to ​yourjob and ​itssurroundings: Employees are ​unhappy with working ​conditions. A working ​person is ​employed: working ​mothers

working adjective [not gradable] (PERFORMING AS INTENDED)

performing as ​intended and doing what it is ​supposed to do: The ​mechanicfinally got the ​car back in working ​order. If you have a working ​knowledge of something, you have enough ​practicalexperience to be ​able to use it or do it: a working ​knowledge of ​English
(Definition of working from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"working" in Business English

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workingadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈwɜːkɪŋ/
used to describe ​people who ​work and ​earnmoney: Too many working ​people are piling up ​debt on high-interest ​creditcards. When ​employers ignore ​health and ​safetyregulations, working men and women are needlessly put at ​risk. Child ​carecosts can be a significant ​burden for a working couple with children. working couples/families/mothers
used to describe someone who does a ​job that usually is not very well ​paid and usually does not need a very high ​level of ​education: a working man/woman In our celebrity-obsessed ​culture, the ​values of the ordinary working man are being ignored.
relating to someone's ​job, or to ​work in ​general: Older ​peopleencounter much ​prejudice about their ​ability to ​adapt to new working ​methods. My ​manager and I have ​developed a ​close working ​relationship. a working ​environment/​culture
used to describe a ​plan, ​idea, or ​knowledge that is not complete but that is ​satisfactory for now: The working ​title of her ​book is "Attracting Wealth". Applicants will need a working ​knowledge of French and Spanish. a working ​assumption/​hypothesis/definition
used to describe a ​machine or the ​parts of a ​machine that ​move and ​operate it: After three ​failedprototypes, we ​finally have a working ​model.
MEETINGS used to describe a ​meal at which you also ​work or discuss ​business: a working breakfast/​lunch/dinner Over a working ​lunch the HR ​team and a ​localarchitectstudiedofficerefurbishmentplans.
be in (good) working order a ​machine or ​piece of ​equipment that is in good working ​orderworks safely and ​effectively: All our ​vehicles are in good and ​efficient working ​order.
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uk   us   /ˈwɜːkɪŋ/
[U] the ​activity of doing ​work: Our ​method of working involves ​one-to-onefeedback.
workings [plural] the way in which a ​machine or ​systemworks, and the ​parts and ​processes involved: You will need to ​develop a ​strongunderstanding of the internal workings of the ​organization.
(Definition of working from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “working”
in Arabic عَمَل…
in Korean 일의, 직장의…
in Portuguese de trabalho…
in Catalan laboral…
in Japanese 労働の, 仕事の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 工作, 工作的, 有工作的…
in Turkish işe ilişkin, işle ilgili…
in Russian связанный с работой…
in Chinese (Traditional) 工作, 工作的, 有工作的…
in Italian di lavoro…
in Polish pracy…
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