workout

noun
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

verb
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 Bennett noticed as much when Penix arrived for a workout in Tampa in the spring. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "QB Michael Penix ready to prove what’s possible for IU football," 22 Oct. 2020 When Terry Mutter woke up with a headache and sore muscles on a recent Wednesday, the competitive weightlifter chalked it up to a hard workout. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Many coronavirus patients don’t know about or can’t access experimental treatments," 21 Oct. 2020 When Terry Mutter woke up with a headache and sore muscles on a recent Wednesday, the competitive weightlifter chalked it up to a hard workout. Jonel Aleccia, NBC News, "Can ordinary Covid patients get the Trump treatment? It's OK to ask," 19 Oct. 2020 Pair it with leggings for a workout or with jeans for an off-duty look. Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, "From jackets to sweaters, 25 top-rated fall essentials at Nordstrom," 16 Oct. 2020 After Friday, Curtis players gathered Saturday for a workout. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Curtis keeps football players home due to positive-tested player from Friday opponent," 6 Oct. 2020 To help fill the void, free agent defensive linemen Avery Moss and Stacy Keely are in town for a workout. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "If Tyron Smith can play vs. Browns, Cowboys have another decision to make on offensive line," 1 Oct. 2020 After six to eight weeks, consider switching to a new workout. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Time-Crunched? Try This Effective 10-Minute Workout," 29 Sep. 2020 The restrictions have meant that football players in California and Oregon have had little time to workout and practice. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utes ready for a Pac-12 restart, but Oregon and California teams may need time," 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Perhaps with the extra week of preparation, the Chargers can work out the kinks against a Jaguars defense reeling from allowing 156 yards and three touchdowns to the Lions’ combination of D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Fantasy football waiver wire for Week 7: Pick up D’Andre Swift and Tee Higgins," 19 Oct. 2020 Frustrated and her husband can work out the kitchen problems. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Household needs a recycling czar," 18 Oct. 2020 Frustrated and her husband can work out the kitchen problems. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Husband’s zeal for recycling can be shared with his young children," 17 Oct. 2020 Biden campaign: More press access doesn't work out the way his team would hope Joe Biden is set to glide to Election Day with minimal confrontation from the press. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Biden says voters have poor memories over being better off today than four years ago," 15 Oct. 2020 The Spartans, and all Bay Area teams, have been cleared to work out (with social-distancing protocols) since the late spring. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "De La Salle sets football opener at St. John Bosco in state-title rematch," 10 Oct. 2020 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'workout.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of workout

Noun

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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Last Updated

27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Workout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/workout. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for workout

workout

noun
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

workout

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

Kids Definition of workout

: an exercise or practice to test or improve ability or performance

workout

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work·​out

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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