workout

noun
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

verb

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

Tonight's glittery number is a formal upgrade from Duchess Kate's earlier looks today, which included workout gear and sneakers for outdoor activities with local children, and a bright red Carolina Herrera coat dress. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Sparkles in a Green Missoni Dress in Ireland," 27 Feb. 2019 Peloton launched in 2012 with the mission to create the ultimate at-home workout. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Peloton Bike," 6 Dec. 2018 In an old video that recently resurfaced, Noah is filming an Instagram live and making himself a nice post-workout snack of avocados and salt. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Noah Centineo Talks About His Love Life In This Old Video That Just Resurfaced and It’s Everything," 22 Aug. 2018 During every run and workout, the trainees wear a round Zephyr puck sensor, about the size of a bar of hotel soap, against their chest. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 Perhaps the larger issue is that cultural messaging tells women to always be aiming younger, reaching for anti-aging serums, cosmetic treatments, and workouts that promise a fetishized image of youthfulness. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In the Year of the Runway Zaddy, Where Are the MILFs?," 4 Feb. 2019 The surprise in all this is that there are a total of three new connected rowers, arguably the most boring workout and one ripe for disruption. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018 Mpow says the battery should last for 7-9 hours s, so your tunes should last all day long, and definitely all workout long. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "These massively popular Bluetooth sport headphones are only $17 today," 10 Oct. 2018 The Australian trainer's tricks to staying loose on a flight, plus an exclusive workout just for you. Yolanda Edwards, Condé Nast Traveler, "Super Trainer Kayla Itsines on Staying in Shape at 35,000 Feet," 23 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Air Force says that if this bracket works out, future orders for the part could be filled in just three days. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "F-22 Stealth Fighter Receives First New 3D-Printed Part," 22 Jan. 2019 Remember the good old days, when the US and China were supposedly working out new norms for the cybers, and China was going to stop all that hacking of US companies to steal intellectual property? Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "New data shows China has “taken the gloves off” in hacking attacks on US," 1 Nov. 2018 Don't hoard weights, use an extra bench as your desk or water bottle holder, and don’t work out right in front of the stack of dumbbells, Maietta says. SELF, "Your Guide to Navigating the Free Weights at the Gym," 12 Jan. 2019 Trump's moves to impose tariffs on China and other nations was a negotiating tactic that would only remain in place until trade deals with those countries are worked out. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Between outings, starting pitchers throw bullpen sessions to stay sharp and work out any issues in their performance. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Inside the thankless yet essential routine of Marlins backup catcher Bryan Holaday," 10 July 2018 The report says Mickelson was hopeful the match would have taken place on July 3 in Las Vegas, except that negotiations with a television network and corporate support could not be worked out in time. BostonGlobe.com, "Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods contemplate a $10 million showdown," 7 July 2018 Things did not work out as smoothly for the Western-aligned Congo, however: The country was taken over by Mobutu Sese Seko, who would change its name to Zaire and lead one of the most corrupt and ruthless dictatorships of the 20th century. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a CIA Spyplane Had to Dodge a Spear During the Cold War," 14 Jan. 2019 Dodger — who loves to cuddle and sit in laps — went through several adoptions that didn’t work out, the most recent being a month ago, before the Fraustos spotted the dog on TV, making this reunion even more miraculous. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Dog Missing Two Years Reunites with Family After Pet Parents Spot Him on TV Adoption Segment," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of workout

Noun

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1534, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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workout

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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

workout

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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

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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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