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 And the register was getting a workout at Queen City Discount Liquor and Tobacco. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Tropical Storm Delta Strikes a Louisiana Region That Was Already Reeling," 9 Oct. 2020 Burr’s sister, Tamika Burr, said her brother had come to her house just two days before the fatal shooting to workout. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘My son was loved’: Friends, family mourn Birmingham man gunned down at stop sign," 8 Oct. 2020 In terms of convenience, the Tempo is much more accessible than a regular workout at a gym. Landon Groves,, "Tempo Studio review: Can this full home gym help fitness enthusiasts stay home?," 7 Oct. 2020 Jelks demonstrates a slow-burn workout created just for Health. Ashley Mateo,, "8 Moves for a Stronger and More Stable Core," 7 Oct. 2020 The Tennessee Titans may face sanctions from the NFL for holding an unauthorized workout after a COVID-19 outbreak forced the closure of their training facilities. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "White House COVID-19 drama casts shadow over debates," 7 Oct. 2020 Alex sets the scene with a double-kick workout, before EVH flies in and rips it apart with one of the sickest solos ever put to wax. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "5 Epic Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos," 7 Oct. 2020 Also, the Bruins open the season vs. Colorado and Utah -- two programs located in states that weren’t heavily restricted with practice/workout limitations in the summer. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Three truths about the Pac-12 Conference football season," 6 Oct. 2020 After a warmup before a hard workout, their coach said practice had been cut short for an urgent virtual meeting. Emily Giambalvo, Anchorage Daily News, "When a college cuts a sports program, lives are upended," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That might not work out now because the children in the house can't go to their own school and need someone to be at home with them. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "6 months to a good paying job? Short-term credentials try to fill void," 8 Oct. 2020 Players work out and play games in low-pressure settings that have the feel of a day at spring training. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks hoping to salvage lost development for prospects at instructional league," 7 Oct. 2020 With the program targeted at 80,000 trees, $40 million would work out to $500 per tree. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDG&E’s $40M plan wants to expand vegetation clearance to 25 feet but ratepayer advocate is skeptical," 2 Oct. 2020 As The Conversation writes: (C)onspiracies rarely work out according to plan. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Skepticism about Trump’s health is warranted, conspiracy theories are not," 2 Oct. 2020 Despite reports that the Texans were interested in signing Thomas, the team won’t work out with him according to multiple reports including NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Titans' Week 4 game vs. Steelers postponed after a fourth Titans’ player tested positive for COVID-19: NFL news roundup," 30 Sep. 2020 Given his crazy schedule, the profits work out to roughly $16 an hour. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "It Has Been Quite a Ride for This New Yorker," 29 Sep. 2020 Like the coronavirus pandemic, that did not necessarily work out well. Maria Verza, Star Tribune, "500 years ago, another epidemic swept Mexico: smallpox," 28 Sep. 2020 Using Trump’s figure of 33 million people getting the $200 cards, the cost would work out to $6.6 billion, not including administrative expenses. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar,, "Trump’s $200 Medicare prescription cards won’t hit mailboxes just yet," 28 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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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Workout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce work out (audio)

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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