(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. drill (see exertion); (pl.) ceremonies (see rite). — v. perform, use; train, drill; disturb (see discontent).
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Action, undertaken for training]
Syn. practice, exertion, drill, activity, workout, training, gymnastics, sports, jogging, running, walking, calisthenics, aerobics, isometrics, yoga, warmup, conditioning, bodybuilding, weight lifting, constitutional, daily dozen*.
2. [The means by which training is promoted]
Syn. performance, act, action, activity, occupation, operation, study, theme, lesson, task, drill, test, examination.
3. [Use]
Syn. application, employment, operation; see use 1 .
See Synonym Study at practice . v.
1. [To move the body]
Syn. train, work out, stretch, bend, pull, hike, jog, run, walk, promote muscle tone, labor, strain, move briskly, exert, discipline, drill, execute, do exercises, perform exercises, practice, warm up, limber up, loosen up, maneuver, lift weights, get in trim*, pump iron*, take a constitutional*, do one's daily dozen*; see also train 3 .
2. [To use]
Syn. employ, practice, exert, apply, operate, execute, sharpen, handle, utilize, devote, put in practice; see also use 1 .
3. [To train]
Syn. drill, discipline, give training to; see teach 2 , train 3 .
See Synonym Study at practice .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. workout aerobics, calisthenics, training, warm-up, gymnastics, drill, isometrics, regimen, bodybuilding, dancercise, push-up, sit-up, exertion, curls, extensions, pull-up, jumping jacks, skipjacks, crunch, *pumping iron, weightlifting. ''A modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much, and had nothing to think about.''— George Santayana.
2. use execution, application, employment, utilization, practice.
1. workout perform aerobics, perform calisthenics, train, drill, warm up, *pump iron.
2. use apply, employ, utilize, practice, execute, perform, exert.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The act of putting into play: application, employment, exertion, implementation, operation, play, usage, use, utilization. See USED. 2. Energetic physical action: activity, exertion. See ACTION. 3. Repetition of an action so as to develop or maintain one's skill: drill, practice, rehearsal, study, training. See WORK. II verb 1. To put into action or use: actuate, apply, employ, exploit, implement, practice, use, utilize. Idioms: avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, make use of, put into practice, put to use. See USED. 2. To bring to bear steadily or forcefully: exert, ply2, put out, throw, wield. See CAUSE. 3. To subject to or engage in forms of exertion in order to train, strengthen, or condition: drill, practice, train, work out. See WORK. 4. To carry out the functions, requirements, or terms of: discharge, do, execute, fulfill, implement, keep, perform. Idiom: live up to. See DO.

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