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


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

Her profile is a mix of mellow images, workouts, and motivational quotes. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Unfollowed William & Kate Middleton on Instagram," 2 May 2019 Going into last season, Ellenson impressed enough in offseason workouts and the preseason to land a spot in the playing rotation. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Coach O's words soothed Detroit Pistons' Henry Ellenson in trying year," 13 July 2018 David Caesar of Abstract Visuals and Kyle Scott helped put the pieces in place from a directing standpoint while gaining unlimited access to practices, workouts and games. J.c. Carnahan,, "Dr. Phillips football state title run chronicled in video documentary," 29 June 2018 Now a solid 195 pounds thanks to pro workouts and Canadian mountains, Logue had some success in Lansing at 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 54 innings. Scott Springer,, "Former Moeller, UK lefthander Zach Logue battles for the Blue Jays in Florida," 20 June 2018 Class includes warm up, full body cardio workout and yoga cool down. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events: Eating right, feeling well and getting moving," 13 June 2018 Drinking plenty of fluids after a strenuous workout may help prevent the condition. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "What is rhabdomyolysis? Workout, rare condition sends teen to hospital," 7 June 2018 In fact, after dropping George off at school, Prince William has been known to head to a workout with some of the moms at school. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince William Reportedly Works Out with Moms from Prince George's School," 16 Apr. 2019 Ficken spent parts of the past two seasons with the Rams and was signed by Seattle following a workout with the Seahawks. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks waive kicker Sam Ficken, linebacker Emmanuel Beal," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Texas native has worked out for the Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, and Brooklyn Nets in addition to the Sixers. Keith Pompey,, "Carsen Edwards out to prove height doesn’t matter," 6 June 2019 But the relationship might not have worked out way back then. Dan Gartland,, "Alex Rodriguez Said in 1998 That His Dream Date Was With Jennifer Lopez," 5 June 2019 Mary before moving to Virginia for his final two seasons, worked out for the team at the start of this week. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers begin pre-draft workouts, could be eyeing second-round pick," 4 June 2019 Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford worked out for the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday at Spectrum Center. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets have a rim-protection problem; will they draft a shot-blocker?," 4 June 2019 In other words, the equation has been fully worked out. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "Even Classicists Hated the Game of Thrones Finale," 20 May 2019 The measurements worked out to 10 feet long and 6.8 feet across. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This 72-Year-Old Frenchman Just Crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a Giant Orange Barrel," 7 May 2019 Microsoft is also working out some of the worst kinks, and giving users more control over when and how updates occur. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Sophos, Avast warn of Windows machines failing to boot after latest Microsoft patch," 15 Apr. 2019 Staying healthy isn’t just about working out and investing in self care. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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