work out
verb Date: 1534 transitive verb 1. a. to bring about by labor and exertion <
work out your own salvation — Philippians 2:12 (Authorized Version)
>
b. to solve (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 (as a debt) by labor 3. to exhaust (as a mine) by working intransitive verb 1. a. to prove effective, practicable, or suitable <
how this will actually work out I don't know — Milton Kotler
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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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  • work out — {v. phr.} 1. To find an answer to. * /John worked out his math problems all by himself./ * /Mary had trouble getting along with her roommate, but they worked it out./ Compare: FIGURE OUT. 2. To plan; develop. * /Mary worked out a beautiful design …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • work out — {v. phr.} 1. To find an answer to. * /John worked out his math problems all by himself./ * /Mary had trouble getting along with her roommate, but they worked it out./ Compare: FIGURE OUT. 2. To plan; develop. * /Mary worked out a beautiful design …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Work-out — auch: Workout 〈[wœ:kaʊt] n. 15〉 die körperliche Konstitution u. Leistungsfähigkeit verbessernde sportliche Übung [<engl. work out „trainieren“] * * * Work out, Work|out [ wə:k|a̮ut ], das od. der; s, s [engl. workout, zu: to work out =… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • work out — (something) to find a solution to something. The committee met today and worked out a statement that everyone liked. You can use a calculator to work out the problem, or you can work it out on paper …   New idioms dictionary

  • Work-out — auch: Work|out 〈[wœ:kaʊt] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; Sport〉 die körperliche Konstitution u. Leistungsfähigkeit verbessernde sportliche Übung [Etym.: <engl. work out »trainieren«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • work out — [v] solve; satisfy accomplish, achieve, arrange, attain, be effective, bring off, clear, come out, come to terms*, complete, compromise, construct, contrive, develop, devise, elaborate, evolve, figure out, find out, finish, fix, form, formulate,… …   New thesaurus

  • work out — index calculate, compose, devise (invent), dispatch (dispose of), fix (settle), implement …   Law dictionary

  • Work-out — Work out, auch Work|out [ wə:kaut] das; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. workout> Form des intensiven Fitnesstrainings …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • work out — ► work out 1) solve or be capable of being solved. 2) develop in a good or specified way. 3) plan in detail. 4) understand the character of. 5) engage in vigorous physical exercise. Main Entry: ↑work …   English terms dictionary

  • work|out — «WURK OWT», noun. Informal. 1. a trial; test: »The mechanic gave the car a thorough workout after repairing it. SYNONYM(S): tryout. 2. exercise; practice: »a good workout running before breakfast …   Useful english dictionary

  • work out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you work out a solution to a problem or mystery, you manage to find the solution by thinking or talking about it. [V P n (not pron)] Negotiators are due to meet later today to work out a compromise... [V P wh] It took me some… …   English dictionary

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