Definition of workshop in US English:

workshop

noun

  • 1A room or building in which goods are manufactured or repaired.

    • ‘The last time I had been here was to bring a watch from the shop up to the jewellery workshops for repair.’
    • ‘Each store has a recycling workshop used to repair and refurbish donated items.’
    • ‘This in itself was inconvenient as my van is also my workshop and materials store room.’
    • ‘With my mind made up, I turn around, and quickly run across the spacious living room towards my workshop.’
    • ‘At the back were unsightly old workshops and flat-roofed buildings.’
    • ‘Gun shops and home workshops are rooms with sharp metal laying around, grinding dust in the air and concrete floors.’
    • ‘Units are mainly rented by car repair workshops and tradesmen.’
    • ‘At the same time they were workshops for the manufacture of textiles, bedding, and other articles for first aid.’
    • ‘She also opened a body workshop to repair bikes and now has garages around the country that are approved by the company to carry out repairs.’
    • ‘On my way to work I walk past workshops, garages and building sites.’
    • ‘The money meant the group could set up a workshop to repair any broken furniture collected.’
    • ‘The class was supposed to clean up the workshop and store rooms.’
    • ‘Its outbuildings have been converted to meeting rooms and workshops.’
    • ‘Railways' have only a meagre capacity for manufacturing wagons in their workshops.’
    • ‘The classrooms have been turned into workshops where windows are repaired, restored and triple-glazed.’
    • ‘The steel-and-concrete skeleton of the building has been repaired and the workshops have been gutted.’
    • ‘Giant disused workshops and factory buildings would be flattened to make way for new homes and business properties.’
    • ‘Most of it is devoted to offices, conservation workshops and a packing room.’
    • ‘Whilst this may be true for those sunken featured buildings used as workshops, recent reconstructions have shown this to be the wrong idea for houses.’
    • ‘It currently uses the quarry site to house vehicle repair workshops and store vehicles used for the film and television industry.’
    factory, works, plant
    workroom, studio, atelier
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  • 2A meeting at which a group of people engage in intensive discussion and activity on a particular subject or project.

    • ‘There are a number of community capacity building workshops going on throughout the Halifax municipality.’
    • ‘Those who attend the conference will engage in a series of workshops and discussions that can contribute to the unity of our movement.’
    • ‘Activities will include workshops, small group discussions, good food.’
    • ‘About 200 sessions, mostly workshops and interview-style panel discussions, will be held on six themes.’
    • ‘The students had prepared projects for the various discussion workshops.’
    • ‘This art became one of most discussed subjects in contemporary theatre workshops.’
    • ‘In addition to working with almost 200 clients in the past two years, Hamill has held hundreds of business seminars and workshops on the subject.’
    • ‘Meetings and workshops are underway to discuss how and if the event will be rehabilitated.’
    • ‘The workshop is an activist project in that it empowers the women and helps them get in touch with their creative potential.’
    • ‘Talking of great expectations, I had my first workshop for The Smoking Room today.’
    • ‘The programme includes one-day meetings and workshops as well as activities to enhance links with external funding bodies and industry.’
    • ‘This downed my spirits a little, until a vibrant and enthusiastic woman burst into the room and began the workshop.’
    • ‘A series of workshops will be held building up to the festival in June.’
    • ‘The Network promotes the use of model organisms and intends to provide a forum for meetings, workshops and other activities.’
    • ‘We don't need empowerment workshops or team building techniques.’
    • ‘We have surveyed nations, held training workshops, done pilot projects, and held conferences.’
    • ‘As part of their two weeks work, volunteers engage in discussion workshops dealing with the causes of poverty in third world countries.’
    • ‘A fortnight ago she was in Barcelona for the weekend, on a British Council project, doing workshops and playing a show.’
    • ‘Upstairs, the large rooms host workshops for local craft groups, with whom Chris has become friendly since he took up pottery three years ago.’
    • ‘Several workshops focus on building self-confidence and escaping depression.’
    study group, discussion group, seminar, class
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verb

[with object]
  • Present a performance of (a dramatic work), using intensive group discussion and improvisation in order to explore aspects of the production before formal staging.

    ‘the play was workshopped briefly at the Shaw Festival’
    • ‘When we were workshopping the script, it came up many times.’
    • ‘After I gave them the first draft they very quickly set the original 10 songs and then we workshopped the story and realized where there were gaps.’
    • ‘Apparently, the show has recently been workshopped; in more skilled hands, it might be worth another look.’
    • ‘Every week now we spent one hour workshopping the assigned exercises.’
    • ‘The actors conceived and workshopped their own monologues, creating a well integrated show despite the diverse subject matter.’
    • ‘The solo sections are composed, but designed to sound improvised, as does the drum section, which may have been workshopped between the composer and the drummer.’
    • ‘Ideas flowed; several years later they were workshopping the show.’
    • ‘The matter should be workshopped - with proper catering, of course.’
    • ‘For a very long time I loved the idea of writing but did very little - I published a few stories, and workshopped myself into submission.’
    • ‘Yet I am also becoming increasingly concerned about the removal of power from students when work is workshopped too early in writing workshops.’
    • ‘On other occasions, students workshopped their final works online, without my input, benefiting from the workshopping skills and confidence they had learnt in their shared judgements.’
    • ‘The Listener called her up in Sydney, where she was workshopping a script.’
    • ‘We workshopped it intensively, wrote and rewrote, worked and reworked the movement, the sound, the chant, the songs, the harmonies, the dance, the percussion.’
    • ‘The centrepiece sequence, a celebratory family dinner interrupted by the arrival of the police and Vera's arrest, was workshopped before the actors playing her family knew what the film was about.’
    • ‘But they also hinted at a context beyond the borders of the song - you know, the way most workshopped short stories only pretend to.’
    • ‘These details will be workshopped with our trading partners so that each of us is clear on the details of the changes required.’
    • ‘Only problem was, we were workshopping my piece and I was… well, distracted looking at him.’
    • ‘The students not only workshopped their own performances but also took control of other aspects of the performance including lighting, sound, costume and promotion.’
    • ‘He was workshopping an innovative movement performance with street people, the desperate and creative young.’
    • ‘The actors workshopped the script together, which helped result in the extraordinary performances that exist in the film.’

Pronunciation

workshop

/ˈwərkˌʃɑp//ˈwərkˌSHäp/