- Mental or physical activity as a means of earning income; employment . E.g. I’m still looking for work. Synonyms: employment, a job, a position, a situation, a post; an occupation, a profession, a career, a vocation, a calling; wage labour; tasks, jobs, duties, assignments, projects; chores.
- Be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one’s job; do work. E.g. an engineer who had been working on a design for a more efficient wing. Synonyms: toil, labour, exert oneself, slave (away); keep at it, put one’s nose to the grindstone; informal slog (away), plug away, put one’s back into it, knock oneself out, sweat blood; literary travail. E.g. staff worked late into the night.
- Having paid employment E.g..the size of the working population. Synonyms: employed, in (gainful) employment, in work, waged. E.g. working seniors.
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