work·​out | \ ˈwərk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce workout (audio) \

Definition of workout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a practice or exercise to test or improve one's fitness for athletic competition, ability, or performance
2 : a test of one's ability, capacity, stamina, or suitability
3 : an undertaking or plan intended to resolve a problem of indebtedness especially in lieu of bankruptcy or foreclosure proceedings

work out

worked out; working out; works out

Definition of work out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring about by labor and exertion work out your own salvation — Philippians 2:12 (King James Version)
b : to solve (something, such as a problem) by a process of reasoning or calculation
c : to devise, arrange, or achieve by resolving difficulties after many years of wrangling, worked out a definite agreement— A. A. Butkus
d : develop the final situation is not worked out with psychological profundity— Leslie Rees
2 : to discharge (a debt) by labor
3 : to exhaust (something, such as a mine) by working

intransitive verb

1a : to prove effective, practicable, or suitable how this will actually work out I don't know— Milton Kotler
b : to amount to a total or calculated figure used with at or to
2 : to engage in a workout works out regularly at the gym

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Examples of workout in a Sentence

Noun The team had a good workout at practice today. Her workout includes running on the treadmill and lifting weights. Verb by putting our heads together, we were able to work out the problem worked out a compromise between the warring factions
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Made with this genuine leather, this purse is incredibly stylish and will match just about any outfit (sweats or workout fits included). Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Rebecca Minkoff is having a huge sample sale—and it's up to 75% off," 26 June 2020 The brand specializing in workout and lounge gear has pledged 10% of net proceeds over the course of the next month to Direct Relief. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Shop these 31 brands that are giving back to coronavirus relief efforts," 25 June 2020 Is there any better way to end a workout than with a relaxing and detoxifying sauna session? Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "These Saunas Make the Perfect Addition to Your Home Gym or Spa," 25 June 2020 Browns center JC Tretter is president of the NFLPA and will undoubtedly have some input on such a workout, and Stefanski vowed to weigh in. cleveland, "Kevin Stefanski will talk to Baker Mayfield about player safety if he hosts another Camp Mayfield against NFLPA advice; no positive Browns Covid-19 tests," 25 June 2020 What about the need for sports drinks to replenish electrolytes like sodium and potassium after a workout? Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Billions spent on ads encouraging minority youth to drink sugar-laden beverages despite health consequences," 23 June 2020 Sprewell sure thought he was headed to Phoenix after a pre-draft workout. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Latrell Sprewell thought he was headed to Phoenix Suns in 1992 draft," 22 June 2020 Rebecca Kimball, the club’s head juniors coach, started hosting Zoom practices, with everyone calling in and saying hi before a group workout. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "How Indy rowing club won national titles in a rower's garage," 20 June 2020 There’s a treadmill, weights, medicine balls, boxing gloves and even workout routines written in blue marker on the mirror. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "The story of Max Nady, and how his father Scott Nady is teaching him and learning all at the same time," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Blondin has faced numerous fines, and on June 5, Worcester Superior Court Judge Susan E. Sullivan had ordered Blondin and any associates to not operate the gym, but Blondin continued to allow members to work out. NBC News, "Water, electricity shut off at Massachusetts gym that defied orders to close for a month," 18 June 2020 But first, work out in comfort and style (and maskless) inside the comfort of a plastic pod at this Redondo gym. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: Mask debate grows vociferous, and the skinny on cloth ones," 17 June 2020 Coaches are allowed to work out of team facilities, but players are unauthorized. Tyler Dragon,, "Here's how the Cincinnati Bengals players and coaches are adapting to unique offseason," 16 June 2020 The Seahawks scheduled a workout with Kaepernick in April 2018, but the work out was reportedly canceled after Kaepernick would not rule out kneeling during the national anthem. oregonlive, "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: I ‘encourage’ a team to sign Colin Kaepernick," 16 June 2020 The roughly 600 officers, who work out of the department’s 77 precincts, will be put into new roles, including joining the NYPD’s neighborhood policing initiative and the detective bureau. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Hundreds of NYPD officers reassigned after anti-crime plainclothes unit disbanded," 15 June 2020 Lankford was not, however, exactly sure how Tulsa will work out a way to safely gather 20,000 or so people into the same indoor venue. TheWeek, "Oklahoma senator backs Trump's Tulsa rally as health experts urge caution about large gatherings," 14 June 2020 Bachelor Nation insiders say James' Bachelor casting might actually work out in Crawley's favor. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Clare Crawley Reportedly Had No Idea Matt James Was Becoming The Bachelor," 14 June 2020 After a strong performance at the Draft Combine, Bird called and said Brogdon need not work out for everyone. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "Why Malcolm Brogdon thought the Pacers would draft him in 2016: 'Larry Bird loved me'," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of workout


1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1534, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of workout was in 1534

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29 Jun 2020

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“Workout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of workout

: a period of physical exercise that you do in order to improve your fitness, ability, or performance


work·​out | \ ˈwərk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce workout (audio) \

Kids Definition of workout

: an exercise or practice to test or improve ability or performance



Legal Definition of workout

: an undertaking or plan intended to resolve a problem of indebtedness especially in lieu of bankruptcy or foreclosure proceedings

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