work‧ing1 S1 W1 [only before noun]
having a job that you are paid for [↪ employed]:
Many working women rely on relatives for childcare.
A smaller working population will have to support a growing number of retired people.
having a physical or practical job
the ordinary working man
the time that people spend doing their job:
In a normal working day, I see around 6 or 7 clients.
during/outside working hours
Telephone at any time during normal working hours.
Many mothers prefer flexible working hours.
We do a 37-hour working week.
a day of the week when most people work. In Britain and the US this is usually Monday to Friday [= workday]:
It will be returned within three working days (=three days, not including weekends or public holidays).
the situation in which you work, especially the physical things such as pay or safety:
improvements in working conditions
the way in which you do your job:
training in up-to-date working practices
the part of your adult life when you have a paid job:
He spent all his working life in a factory.
working properly and not broken
be in good/perfect/full etc working order
The car was old, but the engine was still in good working order.
the amount of exercise needed to keep your body in working order
the way that people work together
working relationship with/between
They want to establish a better working relationship between medical and nursing staff.
enough knowledge of a system, subject, language etc to be able to use it or to do a particular job:
A good working knowledge of the Building Regulations is necessary for the job.
10 also work clothes
clothes which you wear for work or are designed for people to work in
a model that has parts that move
the parts of a machine that move
a definition, idea etc that may not be exactly right but is good enough to use when you start working on something
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enough support in parliament for a government to continue making laws and ruling a country
a breakfast, lunch etc which is also a business meeting
the part of a person's or computer's memory which stores information about the thing being worked on now