exercise vs workout what difference

what is difference between exercise and workout

English

Alternative forms

  • exercice (obsolete; noun senses only)

Etymology

From Middle English exercise, from Old French exercise, from Latin exercitium.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛk.sə.saɪz/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛk.sɚ.saɪz/
  • Hyphenation: ex‧er‧cise

Noun

exercise (countable and uncountable, plural exercises)

  1. (countable) Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
    • an exercise of the eyes and memory
  2. (countable, uncountable) Activity intended to improve physical, or sometimes mental, strength and fitness.
  3. A setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use.
    • December 8, 1801, Thomas Jefferson, first annual message
      exercise of the important function confided by the constitution to the legislature
    • O we will walk this world, / Yoked in all exercise of noble end.
  4. The performance of an office, ceremony, or duty.
    I assisted the ailing vicar in the exercise of his parish duties.
    • Lewis [] refused even those of the church of England [] the public exercise of their religion.
  5. (obsolete) That which gives practice; a trial; a test.

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Verb

exercise (third-person singular simple present exercises, present participle exercising, simple past and past participle exercised)

  1. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop.
  2. (intransitive) To perform physical activity for health or training.
  3. (transitive) To use (a right, an option, etc.); to put into practice.
  4. (now often in passive) To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax, especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to vex; to worry or make anxious.
  5. (obsolete) To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to.

Translations

See also

  • train
  • work out

Further reading

  • exercise in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • exercise in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


English

Etymology

work +‎ out

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwəːk.aʊt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɚk.aʊt/

Noun

workout (plural workouts)

  1. An exercise session; a period of physical exercise.
    • 2008, Jim Montgomery, Mo Chambers, Mastering Swimming, page 157
      The following guidelines for smart weekly scheduling can simplify this piece of the planning: Swim three or four workouts each week.
  2. A schedule or program of specific exercises, especially one intended to achieve a particular goal.
    • 2007, Peter Twist, Complete Conditioning for Hockey, page 170
      If athletes do too much too soon, they will be stiff and sore 24 to 48 hours after a new workout.
    • 2010, Mark Alvisi (quote from a reader), “Mark of a Champion”, Muscular Development 47(1): 350
      I read in another magazine about a workout that can put a whole inch on your arms in just one day!
  3. (by extension) Any activity that requires much physical or mental effort, or produces strain.
    • 2001, Jan Karon, A Common Life: The Wedding Story, page 41
      Cynthia’s phone got a workout, as well. In approximately three days since the news had hit the street, a total of five bridal showers had been booked, not to mention a luncheon at Esther Cunningham’s and tea at Olivia Harper’s.

Related terms

  • work out

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Anagrams

  • outwork

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