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 But she got hooked on the low-impact workout and waterfront views. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "Cold Sweat: Gyms Test Winter Workouts During the Pandemic," 4 Jan. 2021 The full-body circuit workout below is for Day 16 of the SELF Better Together Challenge. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "A Full Body Circuit Workout to Help You Shake Off the Day," 30 Dec. 2020 Finally, when the workout concluded, Elliott approached Brown and give him a hug. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott officially active Sunday vs. Eagles," 27 Dec. 2020 Probably the most effective core workout, planks really do benefit the entire body and require a ton of stabilization throughout your core. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "The Best At-Home Workouts to Help You Stay Healthy and Fit, According to Personal Trainers," 23 Dec. 2020 Tuesday’s workout was the Wave’s second with Long in charge. G Smith,, "Football notebook: Tulane places eight players on All-AAC team," 15 Dec. 2020 Among the recent additions: open water swimming, which is a major technical challenge because GPS doesn’t work underwater, and yoga, which involves recognizing that periods of stillness are part of the workout. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "First Look: Apple’s New Fitness+ Streaming Workouts," 14 Dec. 2020 First off the claim there are some sharp works since the October victory including a best of the day workout on Wednesday. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: How crop violations are determined," 13 Dec. 2020 After lacing up, getting in the workout and chugging water, many runners block off time for recovery. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "19 gifts the runner in your life will appreciate, according to experts," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those efforts didn’t work out, as Trump won the state by 8 percentage points – the same as his 2016 outing. cleveland, "The top newsmakers in Ohio politics for 2020: Analysis," 27 Dec. 2020 Leaders are trying to work out additional details, including how lawmakers would be vote. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Vaccine relief, ‘cooking the virus,’ drive-in legislating: News from around our 50 states," 17 Dec. 2020 Orlando International Airport will begin to provide COVID tests this month for travelers and for people who aren’t flying, including airport workers, but has yet to work out many details, including how to handle positive results. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando airport to start COVID tests as more passengers travel," 9 Dec. 2020 In her house, Kilkenny uses a Google Doc to work out details so that everyone is on the same page from the beginning. Ada Tseng, Los Angeles Times, "How to find a compatible roommate," 11 Nov. 2020 Georgia’s Public Health Department is relying on local districts and counties to work out their own details. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Most States Aren’t Ready to Distribute the Leading COVID-19 Vaccine," 10 Nov. 2020 Because the Illinois Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over Route 58, the city had to work out the details of an agreement to install traffic lights, which will include traffic signal preemption for emergency vehicles. Gloria Casas,, "Elgin, IDOT strike deal to install traffic signals at dangerous Route 58/Shady Oaks intersection," 20 Oct. 2020 Helping to work out the details of this process has won Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck unit for the science of pathogens, in Berlin, and Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry. The Economist, "A tool for editing genomes wins the Nobel prize for chemistry," 7 Oct. 2020 The order takes effect Oct. 5 and directs the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to work out the details on how the publication is to be done. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan schools battle 27 new outbreaks of COVID-19," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Workout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 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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