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work sth out

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

B2 to do a ​calculation to get an ​answer to a ​mathematicalquestion: We need to ​work out the ​totalcost of the ​project.

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  • (UNDERSTAND)

C2 (US usually figure sth out) to ​understand something or to ​find the ​answer to something by ​thinking about it: [+ question word] There will be a ​fullinvestigation to ​work out what ​caused the ​accident. [+ that] Investigators ​needed several ​months to ​work out that a ​fraud had been ​committed.

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work (sth) out

phrasal verb with work uk   /wɜːk/  us   /wɝːk/ verb
(Definition of work sth out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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work sth out

phrasal verb with work uk   us   /wɜːk/ verb
to ​calculate the ​cost, ​price, or ​amount of something: Work out how many ​people we need to ​finish the ​project on ​time. We ​worked out the ​cost of ​hiring two more ​developers.
to ​find a ​solution to a problem or ​situation: We need to ​work out a way of ​improving our ​overseassales. The details of the ​deal are still being ​worked out.
(Definition of work sth out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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