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WORK OUT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does work out mean? 

WORK OUT (verb)
  The verb WORK OUT has 8 senses:

1. come up with
2. happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well
3. work out in detail
4. do physical exercise
5. be calculated
6. make a mathematical calculation or computation
7. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
8. give a workout to

  Familiarity information: WORK OUT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


WORK OUT (verb)


Sense 1work out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come up with

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

work out; work up

Context examples:

His colleagues worked out his interesting idea / We worked up an ad for our client

Hypernyms (to "work out" is one way to...):

develop; make grow (cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2work out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

Things worked out in an interesting way / Not everything worked out in the end and we were disappointed

Hypernyms (to "work out" is one way to...):

come out; turn out (result or end)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3work out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Work out in detail

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

work out; elaborate

Context example:

elaborate a plan

Hypernyms (to "work out" is one way to...):

develop; make grow (cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4work out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do physical exercise

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

exercise; work out

Context example:

She works out in the gym every day

"Work out" entails doing...:

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "work out"):

limber up; loosen up; warm up (make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity)

train (exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition)

tumble (do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully)

strengthen; tone; tone up (give a healthy elasticity to)

press; weight-lift; weightlift (lift weights)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 5work out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be calculated

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The fees work out to less than $1,000

Hypernyms (to "work out" is one way to...):

add up; amount; come; number; total (add up in number or quantity)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 6work out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a mathematical calculation or computation

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

compute; calculate; cipher; cypher; figure; reckon; work out

Hypernyms (to "work out" is one way to...):

reason (think logically)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "work out"):

divide; fraction (perform a division)

extrapolate; interpolate (estimate the value of)

differentiate (calculate a derivative; take the derivative)

integrate (calculate the integral of; calculate by integration)

survey (plot a map of (land))

approximate; estimate; gauge; guess; judge (judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time))

budget (make a budget)

capitalise; capitalize (compute the present value of a business or an income)

multiply (combine by multiplication)

deduct; subtract; take off (make a subtraction)

add; add together (make an addition by combining numbers)

quantise; quantize (apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor)

extract (calculate the root of a number)

process (perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information)

prorate (divide or assess proportionally)

miscalculate; misestimate (calculate incorrectly)

recalculate (calculate anew)

average; average out (compute the average of)

factor; factor in; factor out (resolve into factors)

resolve; solve (find the solution)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 7work out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

solve; puzzle out; figure out; lick; work out; work

Context examples:

did you solve the problem? / Work out your problems with the boss / this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out / did you get it? / Did you get my meaning? / He could not work the math problem

Hypernyms (to "work out" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

"Work out" entails doing...:

reason (think logically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "work out"):

break (find the solution or key to)

answer (give the correct answer or solution to)

guess; infer (guess correctly; solve by guessing)

strike (arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing)

riddle (explain a riddle)

answer; resolve (understand the meaning of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8work out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give a workout to

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

exercise; work; work out

Context examples:

Some parents exercise their infants / My personal trainer works me hard / work one's muscles

Hypernyms (to "work out" is one way to...):

put to work; work (cause to work)

Cause:

exercise; work out (do physical exercise)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "work out"):

warm up (cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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