workout

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noun

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

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verb

worked out; working out; works out

transitive verb

1
a
: to bring about by labor and exertion
work out your own salvationPhilippians 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 agreementA. A. Butkus
d
: develop
the final situation is not worked out with psychological profundityLeslie Rees
2
: to discharge (a debt) by labor
3
: to exhaust (something, such as a mine) by working

intransitive verb

1
a
: to prove effective, practicable, or suitable
how this will actually work out I don't knowMilton 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
If your home gym could use a workout equipment upgrade, a walking treadmill (to go under your standing desk), a set of Blowfex dumbbells, or an adjustable Bowflex kettlebell are the perfect additions for small spaces. Malia Griggs, Glamour, 27 Nov. 2023 Perfect for toning and strengthening your lower body, this machine offers an effective workout option for those seeking to enhance their home gym and improve their glute strength. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 24 Nov. 2023 The style even features chafe-preventing seams that are key for tough workouts and long walks. Megan Schaltegger, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 It’s made of recycled polyester and elastane for stretch, and the material wicks sweat and dries quickly to keep you comfortable throughout your workout. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 23 Nov. 2023 Then the weightlifting sessions, and the individual workouts, and the film review. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 For example, incorporate one set of eccentric exercises into your workout regimen instead of starting an all-eccentric-focused workout. Lauren Del Turco, Health, 20 Nov. 2023 Browning did not practice Monday or Tuesday during the portion of the workout that was open to the media, although Hoke said the senior from West Hills High School has shown improvement. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 The Resistance Kit Bala makes some of the most aesthetically-pleasing workout gear around. Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023
Verb
Over the course of the next few days, final details were worked out. Peter Baker, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Should be willing to look at how things are working out. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 21 Nov. 2023 That works out to around 14 million American households who have requested tests. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 The unresolved issue of the plight of the Palestinian people has haunted every U.S. president, every Israeli government, and every Palestinian regime, and if no permanent solution can be worked out, the current situation will inevitably continue to deteriorate. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Bronny suffered cardiac arrest while working out with the Trojans over the summer and still hasn’t made his college debut. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The experience for me is making the movie, going home and being in bed by 8:45, waking up at five in the morning, working out, being on set with lots of energy by 6:30 and making a classic. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 Things work out in general the way they’re supposed to. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 Some individuals who have been filmed working out have also been the subject of social media posts that poked fun at them. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 11 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1534, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of workout was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Workout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/workout. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

workout

1 of 2 noun
work·​out ˈwər-ˌkau̇t How to pronounce workout (audio)
: a practice or exercise to test or improve one's fitness especially in athletics

work out

2 of 2 verb
ˌwər-ˈkau̇t,
ˈwər-
1
: to bring about by effort or by clearing up difficulties
2
a
: solve
work out a math problem
b
: develop sense 2
work out a plan
3
: to be successful
our plans for reorganization worked out
4
: to perform athletic exercises to improve one's fitness
working out at the gym

Legal Definition

workout

noun
work·​out
: an undertaking or plan intended to resolve a problem of indebtedness especially in lieu of bankruptcy or foreclosure proceedings

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