\ ˈjim How to pronounce gym (audio) \

Definition of gym

1 : gymnasium
3 : a usually metal frame supporting an assortment of outdoor play equipment (such as a swing, seesaw, and rings)

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Examples of gym in a Sentence

He works out at the gym. Students are required to take gym.
Recent Examples on the Web At least 55 out of 81 individuals who attended classes at the gym between Aug. 24 and Sept. 1 tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a report published Wednesday by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "CDC study shows 68% of a gym's patrons infected during indoor classes," 24 Feb. 2021 Back to 06:00 at the gym, to a 08:00 preflight, to a 09:00 first hop, then lunch, then a second hop at 13:30, then postflight and debrief, followed by drinks at the officers' club and a night spent in a bed that wasn't his own. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part V: Sailing Into Darkness," 23 Feb. 2021 Dad liked to gossip with Mom about the women at the gym. Souvankham Thammavongsa, The New Yorker, "Good-Looking," 22 Feb. 2021 Despite social distancing, opportunity can knock anywhere — even while shaving at the gym. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, "When opportunity knocks, it’s time to elevate your job search," 22 Feb. 2021 There is no natural marker — no commute, no pit-stop at the gym — between work and home. Kara Baskin,, "Dry January is over. Or is it?," 9 Feb. 2021 Instant Knockout’s unique combination of ingredients is best for a man who needs to eat less but is tired of feeling drained at the gym. Norcal Marketing, Chron, "Best Appetite Suppressants 2021: Top 5 Hunger Control Pills That Work," 4 Feb. 2021 Outside of class, Hawley was a Bible study moderator and a regular at the gym. Washington Post, "What does Josh Hawley think he’s doing?," 17 Jan. 2021 Huckaby, medical director of an Orlando addiction treatment facility, had stopped going to his office, stopped seeing his adult children and his young grandchildren, and stopped working out at the gym. Kate Santich,, "In Central Florida, COVID-19 pandemic takes heavy toll on mental health | Part 5 of Special Series," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of gym

circa 1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Mar 2021

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“Gym.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gym

: sports and exercise taught as a subject in school


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