con·​di·​tion·​ing | \ kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce conditioning (audio) \

Definition of conditioning

1 : the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest also : the resulting state of physical fitness
2 : a simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response

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Synonyms for conditioning


activity, exercise, exertion

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Examples of conditioning in a Sentence

the team's excellent physical conditioning With the proper conditioning, the horse will learn to trust and obey its handler.

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Here's how to do each move: Demoing the moves below is Amanda Wheeler, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and cofounder of Formation Strength, an online women’s training group that serves the LGBTQ community and allies. Amy Marturana, SELF, "A 4-Move Upper-Body Kettlebell Workout to Strengthen Your Arms, Back, and Shoulders," 9 July 2019 On Tuesday evening, German railway operator Deutsche Bahn called rescue services to Duesseldorf Airport station as a precaution because two trains’ air conditioning systems weren’t working properly, but neither had to be evacuated. Washington Post, "European heat wave sees Germany put speed curbs on autobahn," 26 June 2019 Bamba has been working especially hard with Magic assistant Mike Batiste and Magic strength and conditioning coach Luke Storey to regain his basketball form, add strength and increase his body mass. Roy Parry,, "Magic center Mo Bamba part of NBA Summer League roster," 25 June 2019 The room remains sealed off while engineers inspect ventilation and air conditioning systems, according to Abdullah, who added that the Coopers' bodies will be analyzed by a forensic laboratory in Cairo. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hotel room where British couple found dead had 'strange odor,' Egyptian official says," 28 Aug. 2018 Hurricane Irma knocked out the nursing home’s air conditioning system on Sept. 10 as the storm caused destruction through much of Florida. Jim Saunders,, "Appeals court backs Rick Scott's effort to close Hollywood nursing home," 20 June 2018 The heating and air conditioning systems have also been upgraded. Melanie Burney,, "Throwback: The last four PATCO 'legacy' trains make final run," 10 June 2018 Planned improvements include new parks, sidewalks, storm drains, underground utility and communications pathways, as well as lines connected to a cooling plant that will provide chilled water to the air conditioning systems of the buildings. Nick Madigan, New York Times, "How Developers Discovered Tampa’s ‘Best-Kept Secret’," 10 Apr. 2018 Whitaker said Whitefish Bay has made a significant investment in the building with a new boiler, roof, windows and air conditioning systems in the last couple years. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood firehouse would be renovated or rebuilt if sold to North Shore Fire Department," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conditioning

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of conditioning

chiefly US : the process of becoming stronger and healthier by following a regular exercise program and diet
: the act or process of training a person or animal to do something or to behave in a certain way in a particular situation


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Medical Definition of conditioning

1 : the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest Good shoes and proper conditioning are the best bets for avoiding shin splints.Current Health, November 1982 He also got serious about his physical conditioning with a regimen that includes Pilates, weights and cardio training.— Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, 9 Sept. 2002 also : the resulting state of physical fitness Triathletes maintained their aerobic conditioning while developing new skills and strengthening neglected muscles. — Marlene Adrian, Shape, September 1991
2 : a simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response According to the theory, learning or conditioning is the process by which behavior is systematically and lastingly changed.Harvard Mental Health Letter, December l990 … aversive conditioning to tie undesirable actions to unpleasant stimuli and thereby break habits.The New York Times Magazine, 26 Oct. 1980 — see classical conditioning, operant conditioning

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