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Work Out

Posted in English Language by Patrick on 17 Apr 2015

There are several meanings to this phrasal verb.

  1. To solve (or resolve) a problem or problems. “Megan and Kevin are always fighting. I hope they can WORK OUT their differences.”

  2. To exercise. “Mike WORKS OUT at the gym on the second floor of his building every day.”

  3. To formulate or develop. “My teacher and I WORKED OUT a plan that would help me improve my writing.”

  4. To be the result of a calculation: “Every time I do my taxes, I have to double-check them. The numbers tend to WORK OUT differently each time I add them.”

  5. To develop, progress, or end up in a particular way. “How is your new job WORKING OUT?”