Meaning of WORKING in English


1. when a machine/system etc works properly




to have a job : ↑ JOB (4)

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1. when a machine/system etc works properly

▷ work /wɜːʳk/ [intransitive verb]

if a machine or piece of equipment works or is working, it can be used without any problems because there is nothing wrong with it :

▪ Does the old tape recorder still work?

▪ We had to go to the laundromat because the washing-machine wasn’t working.

work fine/be working fine

▪ We tested the cable and it seems to be working fine.

work well/be working well

▪ The new computers seem to work perfectly well, despite everyone’s worries.

▷ be in working order /biː ɪn ˌwɜːʳkɪŋ ˈɔːʳdəʳ/ [verb phrase]

if something is in working order, it is working well and safely, especially because it has been well-cared for :

▪ The mill was built in the 16th century and is still in working order.

be in good/perfect/top working order

▪ The guns were all clean and in good working order.

▪ As far as he could tell the engine was in perfect working order.

▷ go British spoken /run American spoken /gəʊ, rʌn/ [intransitive verb]

to be working properly - use this especially about a car, clock, or watch :

▪ I dropped my watch, but it’s still going.

▪ I don’t mind what kind of car we rent as long as it runs.

▷ be up and running /biː ˌʌp ən ˈrʌnɪŋ/ [verb phrase]

to be working well and without any problems - use this about computers or systems :

▪ As soon as the new computer system is up and running, we can transfer our records onto it.

▪ The new hiring process should be up and running by the end of the year.

▷ operational /ˌɒpəˈreɪʃ ə nəl◂ǁˌɑː-/ [adjective]

a place, system, or large piece of machinery that is operational is working and ready to be used at any time :

▪ At least eight countries are known to have operational nuclear weapons.

fully operational

▪ The terminal is fully operational and airlines will begin using it next week.

▷ on-stream especially British also on-line American /ˈɒn ˈstriːm◂, ˌɒn ˈlaɪn◂/ [adjective not before noun]

a new system or large piece of machinery that is on-stream or on-line, is ready to be used - used especially in business :

▪ All the oil refineries in the region are now back on-stream.

come on-stream/on-line

▪ Another nuclear reactor is scheduled to come on-line in January.

bring something on-stream/on-line

▪ With so much money in grants, we need to start thinking now about the projects we want to bring on-stream.

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