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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywork out
he/she/itworks out
present participleworking out
past tenseworked out
past participleworked out
  1. 1
    [transitive] to deal with a problem in a satisfactory way

    We’ve worked out our differences.

    1. b.
      to solve a problem by doing a calculation

      I was born in 1947: you work out my age.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to do physical exercise as a way of staying in shape

    He works out at the local gym every day.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to be successful, or to end in a particular way

    If it doesn’t work out, you can always come back here.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to find a satisfactory way of doing something

    An international peace plan has been worked out.

    1. a.
      to decide or agree on something

      The exact details of the event haven’t been worked out yet.

      We haven’t worked out a date for the meeting.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to add up to a particular amount
    work out at:

    The mortgage works out to about $660 a month.

    1. a.
      used for saying what the actual cost or value of something is when you calculate it
  6. 6
    [transitive] to understand someone or something

    I can’t work him out.

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