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- (transitive, with object after out) To calculate.
- Can you work out 250 × 12 in your head for me?
- Can you work out how to get to the university by car?
- (transitive) To make sense of.
- I can't work these instructions out.
- (transitive) To smooth.
- This is a beta version; we're still working out the kinks.
- (intransitive) To conclude with the correct solution.
- These figures just don't work out.
- (intransitive) To succeed.
- Are you still seeing John? - No, it didn't work out.
- (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?
- (transitive, intransitive) Used other than as an idiom: see work, out.
- Using some tweezers, he worked the bee sting out of his hand.
- He works out of a small office shared with three others.
- 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.
- 2009, Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, Penguin Books, p.41:
- "I have some questions I need to work out. Big questions."
to make sense of
to conclude with the correct solution
to habitually exercise rigorously