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phrasal verb
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present tense
I/you/we/theywork out
he/she/itworks out
present participleworking out
past tenseworked out
past participleworked out
  1. 2
    [intransitive] to be successful, or to end in a particular way

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

    Things worked out pretty well in the end.

  2. 3
    [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.

  3. 4
    [intransitive] to add up to a particular amount
    work out at:

    The mortgage works out at about £360 a month.

  4. 5
    [intransitive] to do physical exercise as a way of keeping fit

    He works out at the local gym every day.

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