work·out | \ˈwərk-ˌau̇t \

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


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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Synonyms & Antonyms for workout

Synonyms: Noun

drill, exercise, practice (also practise), routine, training

Synonyms: Verb

click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed

Antonyms: Verb

bomb, collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, strike out, wash out

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Examples of workout in a Sentence


The team had a good workout at practice today. Her workout includes running on the treadmill and lifting weights.


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

Thomas, whose contract includes a $1.1 million base salary this season, an $831,250 roster bonus and a $50,000 workout bonus, talked this week with unemployed former San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Giants' Michael Thomas: 'Never worried, but collusion is real'," 2 July 2018 All users must sign a waiver, wear workout attire, and bring a towel and drink. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boynton Beach area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Since flying back to Los Angeles from his beautiful vacation spots, James has tweeted about pizza, posted workout videos, and he was swarmed by paparazzi after having dinner with Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio — normal LA stuff. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "LeBron's agent Rich Paul shares what went into decision to sign with Lakers," 12 July 2018 Recently, Strada expressed interest in starting a workout program for children. Michael Williams,, "Lake Mary man was killed by a stray bullet — all because of a fight he had no part in," 12 July 2018 Women across the country used the workout tapes to get in shape. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 Double your workout fun at two fitness centers, one in the new Phoenician Spa and one in the new Phoenician Athletic Club. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Phoenician resort makeover: The 6 coolest new features," 11 July 2018 Take Kayla Itsines, the Australian personal trainer and creator of the popular BBG workout program. Sarah Conboy, Teen Vogue, "Kayla Itsines on Compliments and Mental Health," 11 July 2018 The latter is thanks to Tone It Up’s new fashion collaborations, released last month, of colorful workout clothes and swimwear, priced from $27-$176 and available at Tara Paniogue,, "Tone It Up brand offers '70s summer vibe and more with new activewear and swimwear collaborations," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Numerous students and university employees worked out and played intramural sports leagues at Larkins Hall. CBS News, ""A gauntlet of sexual deviancy": Ex-athletes describe lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018 There is no cover for rain, and at times in poor conditions the team has had to work out in the Charlotte Convention Center a few blocks away. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "New Panthers stadium? Practice facility? David Tepper makes it clear change is coming," 10 July 2018 That’s not how things worked out, though, after missed filing deadlines and an apparent attempt by state party officials to get McEuen to run for the District 2 seat on the Porter County Council against incumbent Jeremy Rivas. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "State GOP error nixes Porter candidacy," 6 July 2018 The Heat doesn’t have any players who have contract issues to work out in that regard, but if there is an outside chance of four-time league MVP LeBron James coming back to South Florida for next season Friday’s deadline is important for Miami. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Here's why Friday's opt-in deadline is important for fans of a LeBron-Heat reunion," 27 June 2018 Exactly what all of those are is still being worked out in the lab. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products," 25 June 2018 There’s also a plethora of human-specific issues that need to be worked out, such as overall safety, timing of caffeine consumption, potential disruption of sleep with caffeinated therapies, and how the cell implants would work in humans. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee," 20 June 2018 With just about 48 hours until the Aberdeen IronBirds open their 17th season, the current roster of 26 players worked out at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium Wednesday evening in front of a few hundred fans. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "IronBirds, 26 of them, hold public workout in prep for Opening Day," 14 June 2018 The purpose of such proposals is rarely elaborated, the details never worked out. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'workout.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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 \

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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