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  1. a trial or practice session in athletics, as in running, boxing, or football.

  2. a structured regime of physical exercise: She goes to the gym for a workout twice a week.

  1. any trial or practice session.

  2. an act or instance of working something out.

Origin of workout

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase work out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use workout in a sentence

  • I owe you a large debt of gratitude, which I want to work out—so do not talk of sending me away.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • Only I happened to have the radio set, and—and everything is rigged right for my idea to work out.

  • John he can get more work out of a hired man 'an anybody else I ever saw, an' he does it by feedin' 'em.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • Probably she had never heard of the grindstone, or the sheep, and could not work out the problems if she had.

    The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
  • A something that is always waking up, and urging me to work out my own living, instead of depending on the charity of others.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie

British Dictionary definitions for work out

work out

  1. (tr) to achieve or accomplish by effort

  2. (tr) to solve or find out by reasoning or calculation: to work out an answer; to work out a sum

  1. (tr) to devise or formulate: to work out a plan

  2. (intr) to prove satisfactory or effective: did your plan work out?

  3. (intr) to happen as specified: it all worked out well

  4. (intr) to take part in physical exercise, as in training

  5. (tr) to remove all the mineral in (a mine, body of ore, etc) that can be profitably exploited

  6. (intr; often foll by to or at) to reach a total: your bill works out at a pound

  7. (tr) informal to understand the real nature of: I shall never work you out

  1. a session of physical exercise, esp for training or practice

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with workout


Accomplish by work or effort, as in I think we can work out a solution to this problem. [1500s] For work out all right, see turn out all right.

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