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

Enechionyia, whose best attribute is his shooting, had eight NBA pre-draft workouts with seven teams, going twice with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Marc Narducci,, "Temple's Obi Enechionyia to play for Pistons in NBA summer league," 22 June 2018 There are few players that had second workouts with the Spurs. San Antonio Express-News, "Off Topic: Talking NBA front office moves with Stu Jackson," 16 June 2018 Big men Marvin Bagley and Mo Bamba recently worked out for the Atlanta Hawks, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had a stellar workout for the Phoenix Suns. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "2018 NBA mock draft 3.0: Michael Porter Jr. vaults up board; Cavs nab Trae Young," 15 June 2018 The Suns have a workout scheduled Sunday with Michigan State big man Jaren Jackson Jr., but their schedule next week has yet to be finalized. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Mo Bamba impresses Suns with intelligence, potential to be elite rim protector," 9 June 2018 Vick has not had any individual workouts with NBA teams. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Lagerald Vick removes name from NBA draft," 1 June 2018 Spalding has already visited with five teams and has another workout scheduled for May 31. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "New Louisville coach wasn't a factor in Ray Spalding's NBA decision," 18 May 2018 But Miller had impressive workouts and becomes another piece of a young core on this O-line. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Mock Draft 4.0: Cowboys taking a linebacker; Josh Allen No. 1 overall to Browns | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 The post-workout shot, in particular, was a nice kick thanks to the ginger and turmeric. Grace Gavilanes,, "I Ate Like Supermodel Kate Upton for Three Days — and It Wasn’t That Hard," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If those options don’t work out, there’s always a full-time G League deal or playing overseas. Malika Andrews,, "Donte Ingram is showcasing his game for Bulls' Summer League team while looking for his next gig," 13 July 2018 Trump said the United States was in a nasty trade battle with China, but things would ultimately work out. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Additionally, Beckham’s offseason has included hitting a homer run in batting practice at Yankee Stadium, working out with Dez Bryant and showing off his arm with an Aaron Rodgers-esque throw. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "It's the offseason, but Odell Beckham Jr. is still making ridiculous catches," 3 July 2018 Miller, however, recently found a way to make working out a priority. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "CDC report: Only 1 in 5 Georgia adults getting enough exercise," 30 June 2018 Numerous students and university employees worked out and played intramural sports leagues at Larkins Hall. CBS News, ""A gauntlet of sexual deviancy": Ex-athletes describe lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018 There is no cover for rain, and at times in poor conditions the team has had to work out in the Charlotte Convention Center a few blocks away. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "New Panthers stadium? Practice facility? David Tepper makes it clear change is coming," 10 July 2018 That’s not how things worked out, though, after missed filing deadlines and an apparent attempt by state party officials to get McEuen to run for the District 2 seat on the Porter County Council against incumbent Jeremy Rivas. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "State GOP error nixes Porter candidacy," 6 July 2018 The Heat doesn’t have any players who have contract issues to work out in that regard, but if there is an outside chance of four-time league MVP LeBron James coming back to South Florida for next season Friday’s deadline is important for Miami. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Here's why Friday's opt-in deadline is important for fans of a LeBron-Heat reunion," 27 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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