work·out | \ ˈwərk-ˌau̇t \

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


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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Synonyms & Antonyms for workout

Synonyms: Noun

drill, exercise, practice (also practise), routine, training

Synonyms: Verb

click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed

Antonyms: Verb

bomb, collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, founder, miss, strike out, wash out

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Examples of workout in a Sentence


The team had a good workout at practice today. Her workout includes running on the treadmill and lifting weights.


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

Brunson told reporters after a June workout with the Jazz. Shannon Ryan,, "Jevon Carter, Jalen Brunson taken back to back in second round of NBA draft," 21 June 2018 Bluiett, Macura, Kanter, and Gates all had workouts with NBA teams, but expert analysis of their draft prospects is scarce because they aren't listed on many draft boards, if any. Tom Groeschen,, "NBA Draft: Projecting where Cincinnati Bearcats, Xavier Musketeers players may be selected," 20 June 2018 But Koepka, a strong, agile player who often shares grueling gym workouts with Johnson, did not have trouble keeping up and surpassing his friend. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson’s Wayward Short Game Makes for a Long Sunday," 17 June 2018 Young said after a private workout with the Atlanta Hawks, who have the No. 3 pick. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Projecting point guard Trae Young isn't easy. But NBA teams seem to be overthinking it.," 13 June 2018 Melvin Ingram eventually made it for the final round of organized team activities after offseason workouts with his team of trainers. Dan Woike & Gary Klein,, "Chargers ready for quiet minicamp; Rams likely missing Aaron Donald," 11 June 2018 The 6-7 wing, who ranks No. 19 on ESPN's Top 100 prospects list, was invited to the NBA draft combine last month and has already held predraft workouts with the LA Clippers (picks 12 and 13), Denver Nuggets (14th), and Utah Jazz (21st)., "NBA mock drafts 2018: Latest projections for Oregon's Troy Brown Jr.," 7 June 2018 He was picked only after Walsh was impressed by his pass-catching ability in a pre-draft workout with his Clemson teammate, quarterback Steve Fuller, who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. Washington Post, "Dwight Clark, San Francisco 49ers receiver who made ‘The Catch,’ dies at 61," 5 June 2018 Add any type of cherry to your pre-workout breakfast with this recipe for Cherry Chocolate Overnight Oats. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The purpose of such proposals is rarely elaborated, the details never worked out. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 In addition to not being so hard on yourself, working out is also a great way to improve your mental health. Sarah Conboy, Teen Vogue, "Kayla Itsines on Compliments and Mental Health," 11 July 2018 Many of these drivers are close friends who go out to eat together, work out together and sometimes live together. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IndyCar is just too dangerous for nasty rivalries," 7 July 2018 In fact, the match almost took place July 3, Mickelson said, but the details couldn't be worked out in time. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Tiger, Phil plan $10 million made for TV golf event. Will you watch?," 6 July 2018 For many, scheduling a massage is a way to relax and work out minor aches and pains. Katie Parsons,, "Somatic massage helps with pain, trauma," 29 June 2018 First, the researchers worked out its efficiency of CO2 capture—about 0.3 tons captured per gigajoule of electricity input, including the losses from quarrying and crushing rock. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Splitting water for fuel while removing CO₂ from the air," 28 June 2018 That works out to about 6 percent of residential properties in the township, which includes unincorporated areas, as well as North Chicago, Park City, Gurnee, Beach Park and Waukegan. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan considers water rebate program for lower-income seniors," 25 June 2018 The trial was the second in a series of test cases aimed at helping both sides assess potential damages and work out a settlement. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapy," 14 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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