Definition of gym in English:

gym

noun

  • 1A gymnasium.

    • ‘Then my uncle, who used to box, sent me to a local boxing gym.’
    • ‘They had swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts and all that.’
    • ‘Many of our games were held in cramped high school gyms and armories.’
    • ‘One player who walks into the gym and all her teammates are a little afraid of what she might do next.’
    • ‘He was told that Lauren was doing a gymnastics exercise in the school gym in March 1995 when she jumped from a springboard.’
    • ‘How in the world could a school with such a dinky gym ever help a league with big-time aspirations?’
    • ‘Which isn't to say he always was tethered to a desk or running sprints in the gym.’
    • ‘Like me in the offseason, he was in the gym working on the things he needed to.’
    • ‘Still, every town, no matter how small or remote, needs a school; and every school has a field or a gym to play in.’
    • ‘Basketball gyms were filled to capacity and newer and larger arenas were built to accommodate this increased interest.’
    • ‘He needs games where you call your own fouls and are force-fed the creative and intuitive parts of the game that always flow better on hard courts and sweaty inner-city gyms.’
    • ‘I was a kid who just found a gym or a ballfield or made a football game with the neighborhood kids.’
    • ‘Educators pushed the ‘community education’ concept which led to organized afterschool activities that opened even more gyms.’
    • ‘It also has an Olympic-size swimming pool and indoor gyms with wrestling and judo mats, fencing strips and a boxing ring.’
    • ‘Do you get a different enjoyment from going into a hostile gym and playing well?’
    • ‘Our kids have been traipsing around the city for three decades, using 25 different gyms for practice and nine different gyms for home games during that time.’
    • ‘The dance's held in the gym, but the gym is so huge that you'll be stuck there forever cleaning up.’
    • ‘If he wants me to stay in the gym, I'll set up a cot and shoot free throws at two in the morning.’
    • ‘He was quick for his size, could jump out of the gym, and loved to play defense.’
    • ‘The games sometimes are played in other gyms and arenas but still contain a special intensity that is hard to match.’
    1. 1.1A membership organization that provides a range of facilities designed to improve and maintain physical fitness and health.
      ‘we got guest passes to Suzanne's gym’
      • ‘The review says that dry-sporting facilities such as fitness gyms are increasingly popular, while swimming has declined.’
      • ‘There is also a unique windsurf station, several state-of-the-art gyms, football and rugby pitches, an outdoor basketball court, and even a golf driving range.’
      • ‘The clothing will be sold directly to the customer through a network of fitness instructor-agents at gyms and health centres.’
      • ‘No longer an off-beat practice at some hidden-away studio, yoga has entered the mainstream at health clubs, gyms, spas and hotels.’
      • ‘More and more families workout together at the gym, and more gyms include some kind of short-term day care so parents can work out.’
      • ‘The cruise had a swimming pool, restaurants, gyms, a minigolf course, self-contained rooms, a spa and a sauna.’
      • ‘People had more money to spend, so they joined gyms and leisure centres, making it unnecessary for the company to retain the physical exercise element of its classes.’
      • ‘In some cases, council-run leisure facilities can cost as much as a third less than privately-owned health clubs and gyms.’
      • ‘In fact, most gyms and fitness clubs provide cards or sheets on which to record exercises, reps, sets, equipment weight and other details.’
      • ‘His day starts at 7am on the rowing machines found in most gyms for an hour's gruelling work.’
      • ‘It's also his hard work in the gym and on the training field.’
      • ‘Your local gym or leisure centre may be able to arrange a body composition test.’
      • ‘Unlike conventional health clubs, prenatal gyms are often equipped with specially designed machines.’
      • ‘Many gyms and health clubs are currently offering deals to try to attract new members.’
      • ‘One of the driving forces behind the changes has been the huge success of the Fitness Unlimited card, which allows customers access to all the gyms and swimming pools from £19.99 per month.’
      • ‘A recent survey showed that most U.S. gyms and health clubs now offer yoga classes, so skiers interested in exploring yoga should not have to go far for instruction.’
      • ‘Dozens of private gyms and health clubs have since sprung up for those who can afford it.’
      • ‘His wallet contains membership cards to 3 different gyms / health clubs.’
      • ‘Residents have access to an exclusive gym and leisure centre.’
      • ‘New gyms and private health clubs open up on a regular basis and local authorities have invested millions as the public take up the healthy option.’
  • 2Physical education.

    ‘I'm taking just one more semester of gym’
    • ‘I could have someone put on my shoes or carry my stuff, or I could get out of gym forever!’
    • ‘They were bouncing all about in gym, so I decided to wear two bras, and it helped a little.’
    • ‘Some sophomore boys love to stick out their feet and try to trip me in gym class.’
    • ‘As I met new friends in that gym class, those new friends introduced me to more friends.’
    • ‘My arms still hurt from playing volleyball in gym as I made my way into the cafeteria.’
    • ‘So if your crush is shooting hoops in gym and you can dunk, get off the bleachers and join him.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

gym

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