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English verb: work out

1. work out (change) come up with

SamplesHis colleagues worked out his interesting idea.
We worked up an ad for our client.

Synonymswork up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)develop, make grow

Verb groupelaborate, work out

2. work out (stative) happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well

SamplesThings worked out in an interesting way.
Not everything worked out in the end and we were disappointed.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come out, turn out

3. work out (change) work out in detail

SamplesElaborate a plan.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)develop, make grow

Verb groupwork out, work up

4. work out (body) do physical exercise

SamplesShe works out in the gym every day.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)limber up, loosen up, press, strengthen, tone, tone up, train, tumble, warm up, weight-lift, weightlift


Verb groupexercise, work, work out

5. work out (cognition) be calculated

SamplesThe fees work out to less than $1,000.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)add up, amount, come, number, total

Verb groupcalculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out

6. work out (cognition) make a mathematical calculation or computation

Synonymscalculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)reason

Narrower (hyponym)add, add together, approximate, average, average out, budget, capitalise, capitalize, deduct, differentiate, divide, estimate, extract, extrapolate, factor, factor in, factor out, fraction, gauge, guess, integrate, interpolate, judge, miscalculate, misestimate, multiply, process, prorate, quantise, quantize, recalculate, resolve, solve, subtract, survey, take off

Verb groupwork out

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

7. work out (cognition) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

SamplesDid 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.

Synonymsfigure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)understand

Narrower (hyponym)answer, answer, break, guess, infer, resolve, riddle, strike


8. work out (body) give a workout to

SamplesSome parents exercise their infants.
My personal trainer works me hard.
Work one's muscles.
This puzzle will exercise your mind.

Synonymsexercise, work

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)put to work, work

Narrower (hyponym)warm up

Causeexercise, work out

Verb groupexercise, work out

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