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

Just show up and don't worry about the workout that's to come. Fox News, "Las Vegas man, 18, drops 113 pounds so he can enlist in Army," 27 Aug. 2019 Luck was diagnosed with a strained left calf in March and team officials kept him out of all of the team's offseason workouts. Michael Marot,, "Four-time Pro Bowl QB Andrew Luck stuns Colts by announcing retirement at 29," 25 Aug. 2019 Luck was diagnosed with a strained left calf in March and team officials kept him out of all of the team's offseason workouts. Michael Marot, Houston Chronicle, "Andrew Luck announces retirement in stunning move," 24 Aug. 2019 With Jaden at defensive back and Devin at wide receiver, the twins’ in-practice battles are already becoming a highlight of Jaguar workouts. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Pick your Voisin: Trio of brothers could all make impact for South Alabama in 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 The Lions had been taking things slow with Harrison in his return to the field after the big defensive tackle missed all of offseason workouts in a contract dispute. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions take Damon Harrison off non-football injury list; DT returns to practice," 15 Aug. 2019 There are various walking paths catering to everyone from fitness fanatics to those who are there for the views, not the workout. Shivani Vora, Washington Post, "Skip the much-visited Irish cliffs for taller, less-touristed crags," 15 Aug. 2019 Keep in mind these are only snapshots of workouts in which players are trying new techniques, learning new concepts and generally testing themselves — all in pursuit of improvement. Rich Campbell,, "5 observations from Bears practice Sunday, including Eddie Jackson’s interception of Mitch Trubisky and upping the kicking ante," 27 July 2019 FightCamp offers an interactive library of workouts available via subscription. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Best Buy now sells smart gym equipment for the home," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Price, who works for insurer United Healthcare, said she's worked out a payment plan with the hospital. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Hospitals are some of America's toughest debt collectors," 17 Sep. 2019 In 2013, Arizona's rate of uninsured people was 18%, which worked out to 1.2 million people, data from the Kaiser Family Foundation says. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "U.S. census: Number of Arizonans without health insurance is rising," 16 Sep. 2019 Then there is Guantánamo Bay, where the expense now works out to about $13 million for each of the 40 prisoners being held there. New York Times, "The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner," 16 Sep. 2019 In an era of people willfully working out their identity in public, this steady blankness has made her one of the most striking and strangest figures around. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Plot Against Persona," 15 Sep. 2019 Although much of the knowledge of their capabilities and determinations about the asteroid was worked out after the fact, astronomers believe that ATLAS and Pan-STARRS could help predict more in the future. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "An asteroid larger than some of the world's tallest buildings will zip by Earth Saturday," 14 Sep. 2019 The group is lobbying members of Congress to lift all U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods until a trade agreement can be worked out. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Outdoor Industry Association calling for cease fire in trade war," 14 Sep. 2019 Stranger Things is pretty good about making sure that every easter egg and reference on the show works out with the current timeline, however, there's always a chance that something might slip through the cracks. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "This Huge "Stranger Things" Mistake Could’ve Ruined Everything in Season 3," 13 Sep. 2019 Of course, the renovation of the ranch-style home couldn’t have been done without the six Brady Bunch kids and after working out schedule logistics, all of them, along with eight HGTV stars, began the project on November 1, 2018. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "A Very Brady Renovation," 10 Sep. 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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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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