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 Gyms, fitness centers, community pools and campgrounds will also be allowed to open under rules limiting the number of people and for distancing and cleaning. USA TODAY, "Casinos, churches, contact tracing: News from around our 50 states," 22 May 2020 Tuesday is the opening day for gyms, fitness centers, pools and no-contact sports leagues like baseball, tennis and golf. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Coronavirus reopenings, cancellations and restrictions in Northeast Ohio for Friday, May 22, 2020," 22 May 2020 Many businesses must remain closed in phase two, including bars, nightclubs, gyms, indoor fitness centers, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and museums. Jason Schaumburg, Washington Examiner, "North Carolina restaurants allowed to reopen Friday," 21 May 2020 Elite Sports Clubs posted on its website that fitness centers will reopen Friday. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin gyms reopen with capacity limits and disinfectant," 21 May 2020 No player may use a facility other than that of his NBA team; this includes health clubs, fitness centers, gym or college facility. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Jevon Carter, Frank Kaminsky participating in Phoenix Suns voluntary workouts," 20 May 2020 Stage 3 will allow gyms and fitness centers to open with restrictions, according to Holcomb's plan. Crystal Hill, The Indianapolis Star, "What Stage 3 reopening plan means for gyms, fitness studios in Indiana," 20 May 2020 Movie theaters, bowling alleys and fitness centers won't open until June 1, while the reopening date for bars in Kentucky is coming in July. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Party's (still) over: Airbnb to work with LMPD against unauthorized gatherings until June," 19 May 2020 The spa, pools, and fitness centers, however, will remain closed. Travel + Leisure, "Montauk Hotels Welcoming Visitors for Memorial Day Weekend — How They're Taking Precautions," 19 May 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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25 May 2020

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“Fitness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fitness. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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