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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The University Interscholastic League will allow member schools to begin limited summer strength and conditioning programs on June 8. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "UIL to allow summer strength and conditioning," 26 May 2020 Patricia said the Lions' staff has individualized offseason strength and conditioning programs based on each player's locale and the equipment available. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "The blueprint that will help Detroit Lions excel whenever football resumes," 5 May 2020 Both freshmen need to add muscle to battle against more physical, older opponents and will have their entrance into UK's strength and conditioning program delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic moving students off campus this summer. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball's best hope for 2020-21 frontcourt help may come from within," 1 May 2020 In normal situations, veteran offseason conditioning programs would resume next week, and players would start hitting the field for those voluntary practices. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: With NFL draft over, here are the biggest offseason questions facing the league," 27 Apr. 2020 Then came plans to coordinate strength and conditioning programs and offer nutritional guidance. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football adjusts to times in preparing for 2020 season," 9 Apr. 2020 Each bedroom has air conditioning and stunning views of the mountains. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Every Room of This Airbnb in South Africa Is Filled with Plants and Flowers," 21 Feb. 2020 Air-conditioning functions are ceiling-mounted, also as on an airplane. Bradley Berman, New York Times, "Two New Cars, Designed From the Inside Out," 13 May 2020 Dana Santas is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, registered yoga teacher and mind-body coach known as the Mobility Maker. Dana Santas, CNN, "5 exercises to offset too much sitting," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of conditioning

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 May 2020

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“Conditioning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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