work·​out | \ ˈwərk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce workout (audio) \

Essential Meaning of workout

: a period of physical exercise that you do in order to improve your fitness, ability, or performance The team had a good workout at practice today. Her workout includes running on the treadmill and lifting weights.

Full 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 Carmen Twillie Ambar jumps rope during a 4:55 a.m. workout at the Oberlin College gym. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2021 The right-hander threw live batting practice during the Dodgers’ workout Thursday evening as a chill swallowed Oracle Park. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Brandon Belt, who finished the final week on the IL with a hairline fracture in his left thumb, wandered out to the field for a while during the workout and even fielded some grounders, but didn’t throw, opting to glove-flip the ball. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Oct. 2021 Classes are integrated with Halo hardware so users can view their metrics in real-time during the workout. Daniel Newman, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Hopkins apparently showed enough during pre-game workout at TIAA Bank Stadium that he was declared active for the game and will be in uniform despite not practicing Wednesday through Friday. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 26 Sep. 2021 Williams injured his ankle during an optional individual workout on Sept. 15, the team said. Jamal Collier,, 24 Sep. 2021 Matt Shadeed brought it up to the guys during the workout today, that our opponent is nameless and faceless. Creg Stephenson |, al, 13 Sep. 2021 The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday that guard Edmond Sumner, a former Xavier University men's basketball star, suffered a torn left Achilles during an offseason workout Thursday and will be out indefinitely. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Duncan spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach and continues to work out with the team. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Oct. 2021 If the commission agrees Tuesday, and then votes in a few months to put the item on the ballot, Bogen will have about one year to work out the details with a committee of doctors and diagnostic professionals. Lisa J. Huriash,, 21 Sep. 2021 When Evan was in eighth grade, Stanley invited him to work out with the varsity team at kicker. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 19 Sep. 2021 In August, the Rangers brought him to Arlington to work out with the alternate site group. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 To continue training, Morris recruited former high school teammates Jon Mierzwa, Jack Barry, Joey Janush and Danny O’Hagan — who was Morris’ high school catcher — to work out with him at Reservoir High’s baseball field. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, 29 Aug. 2021 But those aren’t necessarily the best headphones to get for those that want to work out with their headphones. Maren Estrada, BGR, 26 Aug. 2021 Federal officials had signed off on the power-line route, but Anschutz Corp. still needed to work out financial arrangements with hundreds of private landowners whose properties the towers and wires would cross. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Utility man Marwin Gonzalez, out since July 11 with a hamstring injury, was scheduled to work out with the team in Detroit on Monday and is likely to be active on Tuesday for the start of the Tigers series., 2 Aug. 2021

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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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“Workout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for workout


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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