Meaning of “gym” in the English Dictionary

"gym" in British English

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uk /dʒɪm/ us /dʒɪm/

A2 [ U ] physical exercises and activities performed inside, often using equipment, especially when done as a subject at school:

gym shoes
Class 3 do gym on a Wednesday afternoon.
The third graders have gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A2 [ C ] also gymnasium a large room with equipment for exercising the body and increasing strength:

We played basketball in the gym.

[ C ] a club where you can go to exercise and keep fit:

I go to the gym twice a week.

More examples

  • A work-out in the gym will exercise all the major muscle groups.
  • He works in a sports centre instructing people in the use of the gym equipment.
  • I felt so unfit after Christmas that I decided to join a gym.
  • A figure like that is usually the product of many hours spent in the gym.
  • I like to sweat it out in the gym for a couple of hours every day.

(Definition of “gym” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gym" in American English

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us /dʒɪm/

gym noun (BUILDING)

[ C ] short form ofgymnasium:

I work out at the gym every day.


[ U ] physical education:

We have gym after recess.

(Definition of “gym” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)