(noun, adjective, verb)


1. actively engaged in paid work

- the working population

- the ratio of working men to unemployed

- a working mother

Similar word(s): employed

2. adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something

- the party has a working majority in the House

- a working knowledge of Spanish

Similar word(s): practical

3. adopted as a temporary basis for further work

- a working draft

- a working hypothesis

Similar word(s): impermanent, temporary

4. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

- in running (or working) order

Similar word(s): functioning, functional, operative, running

5. serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity

- discussed the working draft of a peace treaty

- they need working agreements with their neighbor states on interstate projects

Similar word(s): operative

Sentences with working as an adjective:

- a working ventilator

- a working copy of the script

- working mothers

- the working week

- a working knowledge of computers


1. a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked

Similar word(s): workings

Definition categories: man–made, excavation


1. present participle of work

- Leave him alone; he's working.