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  • verb transitive To calculate.
  • verb transitive To make sense of.
  • verb transitive To smooth.
  • verb intransitive To conclude with the correct solution.
  • verb intransitive To succeed.
  • verb intransitive To habitually exercise rigorously, especially by lifting weights, in order to increase strength or muscle mass or maintain fitness.
  • verb transitive, intransitive Used other than as an idiom: see work,‎ out.

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  • verb give a workout to
  • verb find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  • verb work out in detail
  • verb happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well
  • verb be calculated
  • verb make a mathematical calculation or computation
  • verb come up with
  • verb do physical exercise


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  • I've been trying to work out how I can lose 2 stones without dieting or exercising more.

    I haven't worked it out yet...

    January 26, 2008

  • Surgery? Organ donation? Maybe not quite the effect you're looking for.

    And for an ignorant American, what is two stone, anyway?

    January 27, 2008