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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The New York Police Department was investigating swastikas scrawled on the walls of an aquatics and fitness center in Manhattan as a hate crime, a police official said Thursday. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York Police Probe Swastikas at Sports Facility," 7 Mar. 2019 Since the exercises are so straightforward, this dumbbell arm, chest, and back workout is also really easy to adjust to best meet your fitness needs and goals. Amy Marturana, SELF, "An Easy and Effective Dumbbell Arm, Back, and Chest Workout," 9 Feb. 2019 On top of their physical fitness and active social lives, single people are more likely to experience a sense of personal growth and a feeling that their life is a continuous process of learning and discovery. Samantha Bordman, Marie Claire, "Being Single May Make You Happier Than Ever," 8 Feb. 2019 Nouhou’s personal focus on his overall fitness has to be a welcome sign for the Sounders, who wondered about his maturity at times last season and were perplexed with his getting caught up the field defensively after some extended runs. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Slimmer, quicker Nouhou puts European rumors aside and focuses on improving for Sounders," 5 Feb. 2019 The newest member of the York family also participates in a nonprofit that uses skiing to help veterans regain their confidence by supporting their fitness and wellbeing. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Andrew Just Made a Big Gesture to Princess Eugenie's Husband, Jack Brooksbank," 29 Oct. 2018 West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has been impressed with Antonio at the club's training camp in Switzerland recently, as the former England international worked alone to improve his fitness during the trip. SI.com, "Lazio Star Felipe Anderson Undergoing West Ham Medical as Club Record Move Edges Closer," 13 July 2018 After completing his 30-day rehab stint in January, Odom was getting back into the swing of things, including focusing on his physical fitness. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Khloé Kardashian's Ex Lamar Odom Reveals That He's 'Decided to Move' to China — Find Out Why," 11 July 2018 The Takeaways Your physical fitness is only half the battle. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 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 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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