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English definition of “work out”

work out

phrasal verb with work     /wɜːk/ verb
to be successful or develop in a particular way: I hope your new job works out.
to have a particular result or type of result: These figures work out different every time I do them. It works out cheaper to have the books printed in India.work out at sth The unit cost works out at €11.25.
(Definition of work out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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