July 13, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
work out /ˈwɚk ˈaʊt / phrasal verb
work out
/ˈwɚk ˈaʊt /
phrasal verb

works out; worked out; working out

Three friends working out at the gym
Three friends working out at the gym
Learner's definition of WORK OUT

1 : to perform athletic exercises in order to improve your health or physical fitness

  • She works out at the gym twice a week.

2 a : to happen, develop, or end in a desired or successful way

  • Our plan worked out perfectly.

  • We broke up because things didn't work out between us.

2 b : to happen, develop, or end in a particular way or to have a particular result

  • Despite some difficulties, everything worked out well.

  • Things don't always work out the way you want them to.

  • I'm not sure how the story will work out.

  • How is your new roommate working out? [=how are things going with your new roommate?]

  • It will work out (to be) cheaper [=it will be cheaper] if we take the bus instead of the train.

  • With tax, it worked out at/to just over $115. [=the total amount was just over $115]

3 work out (something) or work (something) out a : to find or create (something, such as a solution or a plan) by thinking

  • I'm trying to work out [=figure out] a way to do it.

  • We worked out a plan to save money.

  • We'll work the details out later.

  • I don't know how you're going to get there. You have to work that out for yourself.

3 work out (something) or work (something) out b : to use mathematics to solve (something)

  • She worked out the problem on a piece of paper.

4 work (someone) out or work out (someone) British : to understand the behavior of (someone)

  • He does these crazy things, and I just can't work him out. [=figure him out]

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