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

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 The collection features an impressive range of statement pieces, styles and colorways that can all easily transform from workout attire to a stylish trip out on the town. People Staff, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 That’s not quite the blueprint plan for developing a successful shoulder and upper back workout. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 2 Aug. 2022 There is a lot more length in Butler’s do in recent workout videos. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 WPA PoolGetty Images Wearing some of her favorite black and white workout pants, Kate took part in an Edinburgh workshop with famed tennis player Andy Murray's mother. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 31 July 2022 Vrioni, center, goes through a workout with his new team earlier this week. Frank Dell'apa,, 19 July 2022 The two moms powered through a workout Sunday in Khloe's home Pilates studio, even with their kids crawling on top of them. Angela Andaloro,, 11 July 2022 So getting through a workout without a crash or spike requires planning ahead. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 9 June 2022 India, recovering from a hamstring strain, went through a pregame workout before Wednesday's game. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As primary elections near, the city agreed to halt the enforcement of an ordinance restricting the placement of political signs in yards more than 30 days before an election as the parties work out a resolution in the case. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 This agreement helps work out the details of living together and what happens if your relationship sours. Gary Singer, Sun Sentinel, 21 July 2022 In her ruling Tuesday, Chancellor Kathaleen S. McCormick of the Delaware Court of Chancery said the case will be a five-day trial that will occur in October, with the parties to work out the details. Todd Spangler, Variety, 19 July 2022 Apparently, things work out for all three of them for a while, but eventually jealousy rears its ugly and perhaps inevitable head. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 13 June 2022 Perhaps things work out in the end, as Butler clearly had a special connection to Elvis. Swarna Gowtham, Town & Country, 10 June 2022 The two regularly work out together at Spears' home gym and often share their sweat seshes on Instagram. Skyler Caruso,, 9 June 2022 Weigh the value of being understood in the present moment against your opportunity to just get something done and work out the details later. Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 The Department is currently using this process to work out the details of a new IDR plan. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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