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 My physical therapist said I was cleared to go back to my regular workouts, including running. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "I Got Hit By a Car During Marathon Training. This Is What Inspired Me to Run Again.," 14 Nov. 2019 Get your workout in - break a sweat for at least 20 minutes. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "14 Influencers Reveal Their Holiday Fitness Secrets," 31 Oct. 2019 From his Iron Man-like snap streak to his breakfast routine to his offseason workouts, there is maybe no Ravens player whose commitment to consistency exceeds what is asked of him. Jonas Shaffer,, "From his breakfast to his film study, rising Ravens center Matt Skura is team’s Mr. Consistent," 11 Oct. 2019 Madrid players performed some pressing drills in their Tuesday workout before playing several mini-matches on smaller-sized pitches., "Ferland Mendy & Marcelo Set to Return From Injury After International Break," 9 Oct. 2019 This is essentially due to the fact that stronger forearms lead to a stronger grip with more muscles generating more squeezing force during your workouts and everyday life. Get-fit Guy Brock Armstrong, Scientific American, "The Importance of Forearm Strength and How to Build It," 1 Oct. 2019 Try it for a fun date night or in place of your usual workout routine once a week. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Swing, salsa and samba: 7 spots where you can learn to dance on the Front Range," 28 Sep. 2019 Guru Gold Rush Belief even works into their workouts. Mike Albo, Town & Country, "How Spiritual Snobs Became the New One Percent," 26 Sep. 2019 All summer long, Britney Spears has been sharing videos on Instagram of her workouts. Marci Robin, Allure, "Britney Spears Got Makeup-Shamed for Working Out in Eyeliner," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While working out the intricacies of the capsaicin receptor, Julius wanted to find molecules that tightly bound to it, and then use those compounds as guides to potential therapeutic target sites. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "2020 Breakthrough Prizes: Who won this year's 'Oscars of science'?," 5 Sep. 2019 For YouTube's parent company, Alphabet, that works out to roughly two days’ worth of profit. Wired, "Fines Alone Aren't Enough to Slow Down Big Tech," 4 Sep. 2019 Price, who works for insurer United Healthcare, said she's worked out a payment plan with the hospital. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Hospitals are some of America's toughest debt collectors," 17 Sep. 2019 In 2013, Arizona's rate of uninsured people was 18%, which worked out to 1.2 million people, data from the Kaiser Family Foundation says. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "U.S. census: Number of Arizonans without health insurance is rising," 16 Sep. 2019 Then there is Guantánamo Bay, where the expense now works out to about $13 million for each of the 40 prisoners being held there. New York Times, "The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner," 16 Sep. 2019 In an era of people willfully working out their identity in public, this steady blankness has made her one of the most striking and strangest figures around. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Plot Against Persona," 15 Sep. 2019 Although much of the knowledge of their capabilities and determinations about the asteroid was worked out after the fact, astronomers believe that ATLAS and Pan-STARRS could help predict more in the future. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "An asteroid larger than some of the world's tallest buildings will zip by Earth Saturday," 14 Sep. 2019 The group is lobbying members of Congress to lift all U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods until a trade agreement can be worked out. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Outdoor Industry Association calling for cease fire in trade war," 14 Sep. 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

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“Workout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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