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 Kynard did a core workout and technical run at a softball diamond. Sean Gregory, Time, "'We Want to Compete, But Not at the Cost of a Life.' Angry Olympians Call for the Tokyo Games to Be Delayed Over COVID-19," 22 Mar. 2020 One is the Lions Women’s Football Initiative — an informal soccer league that also offers training for women in self-defense and running, along with workout and nutrition guidance. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "‘I Feel Strong and Free’: Running Takes Hold Among Women in Somaliland," 18 Mar. 2020 The ban also prevents teams from attending pro days and conducting private workouts and visits on campus or in a player’s hometown. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "How will the Browns’ draft plans be affected by NFL’s ban on in-person college prospect visits? Hey, Mary Kay!," 15 Mar. 2020 Spenga combines spin, high intensity interval training workouts and yoga. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market, Spenga fitness, Emler Swim School ink new locations," 6 Mar. 2020 At-home workout and fitness app Sworkit is built on Ionic. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Madison company is behind thousands of the apps that you probably use," 18 Feb. 2020 After hearing Nanjiani’s tale about suffering for one’s art — i.e. his workout and diet routine to get into superhero shape — Kimmel showered the actor with a carousel of cakes and pies. Nick Romano,, "Watch the glorious moment Kumail Nanjiani eats junk for the first time since getting ripped," 24 Jan. 2020 While major changes to your appearance are discouraged during this time, practice lots of soothing self-care such as baths, enjoyable workouts, and healthy delicious snacks. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Venus Retrograde Is Coming In May: Here's How It'll Affect Your Love Life and Your Finances," 17 Jan. 2020 Just in time to jumpstart those fitness resolutions, Serena Williams and Gabrielle Union launched fitness stores on Amazon that are filled with their favorite workout and wellness items. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Serena Williams and Gabrielle Union Share Their Fitness Favorites On Amazon To Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While that hasn't worked out, the drug was safe for human use and showed promise in its ability to limit the spread of another coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in cultured cells. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "COVID-19: the biology of an effective therapy," 20 Mar. 2020 Bonus: Reward yourself for working out by opening one of those bottles. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "How to Set Up a Home Gym Anywhere in Your House," 20 Mar. 2020 But the fact is, some of these guns made perfect sense at the time, although maybe things didn’t work out as planned. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Six of the Strangest Guns Ever Made," 18 Mar. 2020 Miller hired an unemployed sewing supervisor named Carolyn Morris, who worked out the sizing for what all of the women felt was an athletic garment. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the First Sports Bra Got Its Stabilizing Start," 18 Mar. 2020 The other, a 1976 book coauthored by a medical writer and a medical librarian, suggests that the virus had an overall infection rate of 28 percent and killed more than 22 million, which works out to a global CFR of at least 4.3 percent. Ferris Jabr, Wired, "Covid-19 Is Nothing Like the Spanish Flu," 13 Mar. 2020 In the years since, scholars have tried to work out what might have happened to Poe, suggesting theories ranging from alcohol withdrawal to carbon monoxide poisoning, brain tumor to murder. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "New language analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s writing shows just how hard success can be," 3 Mar. 2020 But the Indian authorities couldn’t work out what licence Nazareth needed to sell his produce. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world Indian tequila: one man’s quest to perfect a national spirit," 31 Jan. 2020 And most of all, have clear remote work hours that end with a daily ritual like working out. Washington Post, "I’ve been working from home for eight days. The Netflix-and-quarantine life is not that chill.," 11 Mar. 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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25 Mar 2020

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“Workout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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