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 The massage method and the products are co-created simultaneously as the workout and the product must go together. Angela Chan, Forbes, 15 June 2021 At one recent workout, Cameron kept a watchful eye as the youngsters tested their physical limits. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 14 June 2021 McVay was otherwise upbeat after the workout, which concluded a three-day minicamp. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Activities include a live theatrical reenactment, a double dutch workout, bingo, and yoga for Black liberation. D'shonda Brown, Essence, 10 June 2021 Other activities include water ski shows, piano performances at Peavey Plaza and workout sessions at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Melissa Walker, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 Try adding a cognitive challenge—like playing sports or dancing, which combines a cardio workout, music, socializing and remembering the steps. Matt Fuchs, Time, 7 June 2021 Jump roping is a vigorous, calorie-burning workout that works your whole body, Santas said. Janelle Davis, CNN, 6 June 2021 Pro tip: To make this workout a bit more challenging, do each move for 40 seconds, and shorten your rest periods to 20 seconds., 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Daily Harvest, which delivers weekly or monthly, takes the guesswork and prep work out of healthy eating. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2021 Those numbers don’t count American Medical Response employees who work out of the same building. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Its free public waterfront always features public artwork and several artists, including myself on occasion, work out of the Torpedo Factory art studio and co-working space. Kristen Jeffers, House Beautiful, 4 June 2021 The company hired a Black artist for a public art project, and two Black chefs will work out of a new restaurant on the site. Kris Maher, WSJ, 30 May 2021 Google makes easy work out of automating the process of buying and selling ads with real-time bidding for ad inventory. Karina Tama-rutigliano, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Despite Fitts’ brilliant outing on the mound, Auburn still had to work out of a late-game jam to secure the series win. Tom Green |, al, 22 May 2021 Gobble Gobble takes the prep work out of dinner, as kits come with ingredients already chopped and measured to cut time to 15 minutes to prepare. cleveland, 26 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, one of the contracts didn’t work out, and he was forced to trade in that Range Rover for another modest, less expensive family vehicle. Brett Helling, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Workout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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