Definition of workshop in English:

workshop

noun

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

    • ‘The classrooms have been turned into workshops where windows are repaired, restored and triple-glazed.’
    • ‘Gun shops and home workshops are rooms with sharp metal laying around, grinding dust in the air and concrete floors.’
    • ‘At the back were unsightly old workshops and flat-roofed buildings.’
    • ‘The last time I had been here was to bring a watch from the shop up to the jewellery workshops for repair.’
    • ‘Units are mainly rented by car repair workshops and tradesmen.’
    • ‘Its outbuildings have been converted to meeting rooms and workshops.’
    • ‘Railways' have only a meagre capacity for manufacturing wagons in their workshops.’
    • ‘At the same time they were workshops for the manufacture of textiles, bedding, and other articles for first aid.’
    • ‘Most of it is devoted to offices, conservation workshops and a packing room.’
    • ‘Each store has a recycling workshop used to repair and refurbish donated items.’
    • ‘Giant disused workshops and factory buildings would be flattened to make way for new homes and business properties.’
    • ‘This in itself was inconvenient as my van is also my workshop and materials store room.’
    • ‘The money meant the group could set up a workshop to repair any broken furniture collected.’
    • ‘With my mind made up, I turn around, and quickly run across the spacious living room towards my workshop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It currently uses the quarry site to house vehicle repair workshops and store vehicles used for the film and television industry.’
    • ‘The steel-and-concrete skeleton of the building has been repaired and the workshops have been gutted.’
    • ‘On my way to work I walk past workshops, garages and building sites.’
    • ‘The class was supposed to clean up the workshop and store rooms.’
    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:

    ‘a writers' workshop was held on 25–27 July’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We don't need empowerment workshops or team building techniques.’
    • ‘A series of workshops will be held building up to the festival in June.’
    • ‘About 200 sessions, mostly workshops and interview-style panel discussions, will be held on six themes.’
    • ‘Upstairs, the large rooms host workshops for local craft groups, with whom Chris has become friendly since he took up pottery three years ago.’
    • ‘The Network promotes the use of model organisms and intends to provide a forum for meetings, workshops and other activities.’
    • ‘The programme includes one-day meetings and workshops as well as activities to enhance links with external funding bodies and industry.’
    • ‘Those who attend the conference will engage in a series of workshops and discussions that can contribute to the unity of our movement.’
    • ‘Meetings and workshops are underway to discuss how and if the event will be rehabilitated.’
    • ‘This downed my spirits a little, until a vibrant and enthusiastic woman burst into the room and began the workshop.’
    • ‘A fortnight ago she was in Barcelona for the weekend, on a British Council project, doing workshops and playing a show.’
    • ‘This art became one of most discussed subjects in contemporary theatre workshops.’
    • ‘Activities will include workshops, small group discussions, good food.’
    • ‘Several workshops focus on building self-confidence and escaping depression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The workshop is an activist project in that it empowers the women and helps them get in touch with their creative potential.’
    • ‘The students had prepared projects for the various discussion workshops.’
    • ‘Talking of great expectations, I had my first workshop for The Smoking Room today.’
    • ‘There are a number of community capacity building workshops going on throughout the Halifax municipality.’
    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 prior to formal staging:

    ‘the play was workshopped briefly at the Shaw Festival’
    • ‘When we were workshopping the script, it came up many times.’
    • ‘Yet I am also becoming increasingly concerned about the removal of power from students when work is workshopped too early in writing workshops.’
    • ‘Ideas flowed; several years later they were workshopping the show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We workshopped it intensively, wrote and rewrote, worked and reworked the movement, the sound, the chant, the songs, the harmonies, the dance, the percussion.’
    • ‘But they also hinted at a context beyond the borders of the song - you know, the way most workshopped short stories only pretend to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The actors workshopped the script together, which helped result in the extraordinary performances that exist in the film.’
    • ‘Every week now we spent one hour workshopping the assigned exercises.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only problem was, we were workshopping my piece and I was… well, distracted looking at him.’
    • ‘The matter should be workshopped - with proper catering, of course.’
    • ‘The Listener called her up in Sydney, where she was workshopping a script.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apparently, the show has recently been workshopped; in more skilled hands, it might be worth another look.’
    • ‘These details will be workshopped with our trading partners so that each of us is clear on the details of the changes required.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

workshop

/ˈwəːkʃɒp/