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work force

the total number of workers in a specific undertaking:
a holiday for the company's work force.
the total number of persons employed or employable:
a sharp increase in the nation's work force.
Also, workforce.
Also called labor force.
Origin of work force
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for workforce
  • We need to increase our productivity through a better trained workforce and better infrastructure.
  • Factor in the idea that the workforce has to be more mobile than ever and you've got the perfect living space.
  • Air conditioning can be a major cost in a city facility with such a large workforce.
  • Even the members of its elite workforce weren't completely sure.
  • They are expected to eventually pitch in as the workforce shrinks amid the dwindling and aging population.
  • The answer seemed obvious: blatant, pervasive patterns of gender segregation across the workforce.
  • Supply and demand in the workforce should set wages rather than inflate wages for the uneducated.
  • Get this done and get experience in motors, batteries and controllers out into our hardworking, creative workforce.
  • Then came petrol and artificial fertilizer, which helped to sustain big cities and industrial workforce in them.
  • The infrastructure is missing, the workforce is dwindling and the experience is limited.
British Dictionary definitions for workforce


the total number of workers employed by a company on a specific job, project, etc
the total number of people who could be employed: the country's workforce is growing rapidly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for workforce

1961, from work (n.) + force (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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