From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishworkingwork‧ing1 /ˈwɜːkɪŋ $ ˈwɜːr-/ ●●○ W2 adjective [only before noun] 1 a) WORK FOR somebodyhaving a job that you are paid for → employed a working mother Many working women rely on relatives for childcare. A smaller working population will have to support a growing number of retired people. b) old-fashionedCLASS IN SOCIETY having a physical or practical jobworking man/people/folk the ordinary working man2 → working hours/day/week3 → working day4 → working conditions/environment etc5 → working practices/methods6 → working life7 → (in) working order8 → working relationship9 → a working knowledge of something10 → working clothes11 → working model12 → working parts13 → working definition/theory/title14 → working majority15 → working breakfast/lunch/dinner16 → working memory
Examples from the Corpusworking• At 87, he's the oldest working baker in Britain ... and an inspiration to his customers and colleagues.• Most significant was an increase in working capital and an increase in labour inputs consequent on the technological changes introduced.• On the other hand, don't let your working folder become cluttered up with papers you are not using.• an ordinary working man• a working mother• I keep some of the toys on display in working order for my grandchildren to play with.• At the time of going to press the working party's document is still awaited.• The picture of the working population of West Ham emerging from these data is one dominated by unskilled male manual workers.• The Household of Faith was Brideshead's working title.working women• Also patron of converts and working women.• Children were not the only dependents of working women.• For the Government in general and the Employment Secretary in particular seem to have little idea about the problems of working women.• More than half of working women are aged 25 to 44; more than seven in 10 are in the labor force.• Olwen Hufton observes that outside domestic service single working women had difficulty surviving on their wages.• She liked the mail-order concept, saying that working women have less and less time to shop at stores.• Little-known fact: there were 200,000 single working women here before the end of the nineteenth century.• Will my hon. Friend consider allowing working women in such circumstances a greater disregard?workingworking2 noun 1 → the workings2 → flexible/short-time etc working3 [countable usually plural]TI a mine or part of a mine where soil has been dug out in order to remove metals or stone → quarry
Examples from the Corpusworking• In some cases metals are actually strengthened by this process, which is known as cold working.• Your serious working on filming music goes back to the 1960s?From Longman Business Dictionaryworkingwork‧ing /ˈwɜːkɪŋˈwɜːr-/ adjective [only before a noun]1working people have jobs that they are paid forWhat will the effect of the tax changes be on working couples?In the U.K., less than 3% of the working population are now employed in agriculture. → see also remote working, SHORT-TIME WORKING2a working man or woman does physical work, rather than work in management or administrationan ordinary working man3HUMAN RESOURCESworking conditions or practices are ones that you have in your jobWorkers want better pay and working conditions.Productivity is up 18% since a new labor pact last year swept away decades-old working practices.4HUMAN RESOURCESyour working day, week etc is the period of time when you are doing your jobWorking hours are flexible here and the dress is casual.We want a shorter working day.5working breakfast/lunch/dinner a breakfast, lunch etc that is also a business meeting6be in (good) working order to be working properly and not brokenHe agreed to buy back the $130,000 machine, which he says is in good working order.