fitness

noun
fit·ness | \ˈfit-nəs \

Definition of fitness 

1 : the quality or state of being fit

2 : the capacity of an organism to survive and transmit its genotype to reproductive offspring as compared to competing organisms also : the contribution of an allele or genotype to the gene pool of subsequent generations as compared to that of other alleles or genotypes

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Examples of fitness in a Sentence

a gymnastics program promoting fitness and agility in school-aged children I have to question the fitness of wearing a bright red dress to a funeral.

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Self-massage and at least eight hours of sleep As a former personal trainer and competitive obstacle course athlete, TJ Wynn is a big believer in functional fitness. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 2018 Governed by the forbidding Big Mother (Susanne Sachsße), the group consists of four middle-aged leaders and eight young recruits, the older women training the younger ones in subjects that range from physical fitness to history to astrology. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Lesbian revolutionaries smash sexual taboos to undermine the patriarchy in Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists," 6 July 2018 Chelsea will still have the same fitness coach in Chris Jones for pre-season, despite joining club legend Frank Lampard at Derby. SI.com, "Chelsea Expected to Appoint Antonio Conte's Successor in the Coming Days (Again)," 1 July 2018 Doyon, 26, was a Suffield native and was committed to high-level fitness. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Road Race Honors Fallen Sailor," 6 June 2018 The property has an all-new 22,000 square-foot luxury spa and fitness center. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Hotel renovations: Properties in Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco get major upgrades," 13 July 2018 Amenities in the building include a Turkish bath, a private dining room, a 75-foot lap pool, a fitness center, an arcade and a concierge service that books private aircraft. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Michael Cohen Purchases New York City Apartment for $6.7 Million," 12 July 2018 But in an era where office fitness centers are common, wearing jeans to work is no longer just a Friday thing and working at home during the week is a regular occurrence, nap pods could see the light of day soon at many places in offices. Eric Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Office sleep pods are here, but is dozing off at work really a thing?," 11 July 2018 Amenities include 24-hour fitness center, spa, and rooftop dipping pool. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of fitness

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fitness

noun
fit·ness | \ˈfit-nəs \

Medical Definition of fitness 

: the capacity of an organism to survive and transmit its genotype to reproductively fertile offspring as compared to competing organisms also : the contribution of an allele or genotype to the gene pool of subsequent generations as compared to that of other alleles or genotypes

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