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English

Verb

Infinitive
to work out

Third person singular
works out

Simple past
worked out

Past participle
-

Present participle
working out

to work out (third-person singular simple present works out, present participle working out, simple past and past participle worked out)
  1. (transitive) (with object after out) To calculate.
    Can you work out 250 × 12 in your head for me?
  2. (transitive) To make sense of.
    I can't work these instructions out.
    Can you work out how to get to the university by car?
  3. (transitive) (with object between work and out) To extract gradually.
    Using some tweezers, he worked the bee sting out of his hand.
  4. (intransitive) To conclude with the correct solution.
    These figures just don't work out.
  5. (intransitive) To succeed.
    Are you still seeing John? - No, it didn't work out.
  6. (intransitive) To habitually exercise rigorously, especially by lifting weights, in order to increase strength or muscle mass or maintain fitness.
    Wow, you're looking good! Do you work out?

Quotations

  • 1971, Carol King, “So Far Away”, Tapestry, Ode Records
    If I could only work this life out my way / I’d rather spend it bein' close to you.

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