fitness

noun
fit·​ness | \ ˈfit-nəs How to pronounce fitness (audio) \

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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That will be followed by a day of baseball fun, from 1 to 4 p.m., with an athletic and fitness challenge at Valleywood Park. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Baseball’s real all-stars gather in Seven Hills for special day of volunteerism and fun," 2 July 2019 Come learn about the economy, financial fitness and historical currency. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Bored and broke? Here are 10 things to do around Denver for $10 or less," 2 July 2019 Stephanie Mansour is a health and fitness expert and weight-loss coach for women. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "Tone and tighten your butt with this 31-day routine," 1 July 2019 Constant fitness issues have limited the forward since, leading to him being replaced in Jurgen Klopp's side. SI.com, "Newcastle's Non-Takeover: Picking a Free Signings XI for 2019/20 Under Mike Ashley," 3 July 2019 The public ground floor is filling in with retailers including a blow-dry bar, barre fitness studio and a women’s clothing boutique. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Take a look inside the Coloradan, a rare downtown condo building among Denver’s sea of apartments," 2 July 2019 In Fox’s arrest, Detroit Thrive’s surveillance video clearly shows a SWAT team in riot gear, marching into the fitness studio with a German shepherd police dog, which upon reaching the gym owner did what dogs can do. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Gym owner claims racial profiling in lawsuit against Grosse Pointe Woods police," 16 June 2019 Can’t find the cash to work out at fitness studios? Annika Hom, BostonGlobe.com, "Gardening lessons, free fitness, and marker holders," 14 June 2019 Up next: a day at Stretch'd, a boutique fitness studio devoted to stretching. Rachel Sugar, Bon Appétit, "I Got Stretched By a Professional Stretcher at a Boutique Stretching Studio," 5 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce fitness (audio) \

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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