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work out

verb

Definition of work out

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to bring about by labor and exertion <work out your own salvation — Philippians 2:12 (Authorized Version)> b :  to solve (as a problem) by a process of reasoning or calculation c :  to devise, arrange, or achieve by resolving difficulties <after many years of wrangling, worked out a definite agreement — A. A. Butkus> d :  develop <the final situation is not worked out with psychological profundity — Leslie Rees>

  3. 2 :  to discharge (as a debt) by labor

  4. 3 :  to exhaust (as a mine) by working

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to prove effective, practicable, or suitable <how this will actually work out I don't know — Milton Kotler> b :  to amount to a total or calculated figure —used with at or to

  7. 2 :  to engage in a workout <works out regularly at the gym>



Examples of work out in a sentence

  1. <by putting our heads together, we were able to work out the problem>

  2. <worked out a compromise between the warring factions>



1534

First Known Use of work out

1534



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