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.
Recent Examples on the Web Most retail businesses that can maintain physical distancing were allowed to reopen already with some exceptions for personal services, malls and fitness centers, which can reopen as of Friday. oregonlive, "Here is what you can, can’t do as of Friday: Phase 1 reopening in Portland, Multnomah County," 19 June 2020 Gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Northam outlines phase 3 reopening guidelines, says Virginia at least a week away from entering it," 19 June 2020 All but five counties - including four in the Bay Area - have received approval to move into Stage 3 of reopening, where services like indoor dining, fitness centers and hotels can begin to reopen and gatherings can involve more people. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "California now has second highest number of coronavirus cases in U.S., surpassing New Jersey," 19 June 2020 Restaurants and fitness centers were allowed to begin welcoming guests inside in all of them Wednesday. USA TODAY, "Airport number war, Navajo lockdowns, petition rules: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020 David Blondin, the owner of Prime Fitness Gym in Oxford, opened the center up on May 18 even though the state had only entered phase 1 of business reopening that day, and fitness centers would not be permitted to reopen until phase 3. NBC News, "Water, electricity shut off at Massachusetts gym that defied orders to close for a month," 18 June 2020 Last month, a group of Ohio gyms and fitness centers were successful in their litigation to reopen and a group northeast Ohio restaurants also sued. Jennifer Edwards Baker, Cincinnati.com, "Music festival organizers, concert-goer sue Dr. Amy Acton," 12 June 2020 The new scalable footprint follows in the footsteps of smaller fitness centers like Orange Theory that have flooded strip mall locations in recent years. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Dallas-based Gold’s Gym is evolving its franchise model in bankruptcy with smaller gyms," 11 June 2020 Another Lake County judge ruled last month that the DeWine administration could not force gyms and fitness centers to remain closed due to coronavirus fears. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio bars, restaurants file suit seeking to overturn state’s social-distancing regulations," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of fitness

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fitness was in 1580

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24 Jun 2020

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“Fitness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fitness. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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