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Definition 1: a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for working in the sense of this definition

(working is a kind of ...) a hole in the ground made by excavating

Definition 2: actively engaged in paid work - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where working or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the working population
  • the ratio of working men to unemployed
  • a working mother
  • robots can be on the job day and night

Synonyms for working in the sense of this definition

(working is similar to ...) having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary

"most of our graduates are employed"

Definition 3: (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where working or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in running (or working) order
  • a functional set of brakes

Synonyms for working in the sense of this definition

(working is similar to ...) performing or able to perform its regular function

"a functioning flashlight"

Definition 4: adopted as a temporary basis for further work - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where working or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a working draft
  • a working hypothesis

(working is similar to ...) not permanent; not lasting

"politics is an impermanent factor of life" "impermanent palm cottages" "a temperary arrangement" "temporary housing"

Definition 5: adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where working or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the party has a working majority in the House
  • a working knowledge of Spanish

(working is similar to ...) concerned with actual use or practice

"he is a very practical person" "the idea had no practical application" "a practical knowledge of Japanese" "woodworking is a practical art"

Definition 6: serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where working or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • discussed the working draft of a peace treaty
  • they need working agreements with their neighbor states on interstate projects

(working is similar to ...) being in force or having or exerting force

"operative regulations" "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"

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