One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘work out how much you can afford to spend’
calculate, compute, reckon up, determine
2‘I'm still trying to work out what she meant’
understand, comprehend, puzzle out, sort out, reason out, make sense of, think out, think through, get to the bottom of, make head or tail of, solve, find an answer to, find an solution to, unravel, untangle, decipher, decode, find the key to, piece together
informal figure out, crack
British informal suss out
3‘they worked out a plan of action’
devise, formulate, draw up, put together, develop, prepare, construct, arrange, organize, plan, think up, contrive, concoct
hammer out, thrash out, reach an agreement on, negotiate
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