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"work out" in British English

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work out

phrasal verb with work uk   /wɜːk/  us   /wɝːk/ verb
  • (EXERCISE)

B1 to ​exercise in ​order to ​improve the ​strength or ​appearance of ​yourbody: Huw ​works out in the ​gym two or three ​times a ​week.

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  • (RESULT)

[L] to be the ​result of a ​calculation: These ​figureswork out ​differently each ​time I ​add them. The ​safeload for a ​truck of this ​sizeworks out atnearly 20 ​tons. In ​fact the ​tripworked out ​cheaper than we'd ​expected.
(Definition of work out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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work out

phrasal verb with work  us   /wɜrk/ verb
  • (HAPPEN)

(of a ​situation) to ​happen or ​develop in a ​particular, esp. a ​satisfactory, way, or (of a ​person) to be ​suitable for a ​particularsituation: Nothing was working out ​right. Is ​your new ​assistant working out OK?

work out

phrasal verb with work  us   /wɜrk/ verb
  • (EXERCISE)

to ​exercise in ​order to ​improvehealth, ​strength, or ​physicalappearance, or to ​improveyourskill in a ​sport: I work out on my ​stationarybike.
(Definition of work out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"work out" in Business English

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work out

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