verb ex·ert \ig-ˈzərt\

: to use (strength, ability, etc.)

: to cause (force, effort, etc.) to have an effect or to be felt

Full Definition of EXERT

transitive verb
a :  to put forth (as strength) <the force is exerted sideways>
b :  to put (oneself) into action or to tiring effort <won't have to exert himself moving the table>
:  to bring to bear especially with sustained effort or lasting effect <exerted a bad influence on his students>
:  employ, wield <exerted her leadership abilities intelligently>

Examples of EXERT

  1. He had to exert all of his strength to move the stone.
  2. He exerts a lot of influence on the other members of the committee.
  3. the force exerted by the machine

Origin of EXERT

Latin exsertus, past participle of exserere to thrust out, from ex- + serere to join — more at series
First Known Use: circa 1630

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EXERT Defined for Kids


verb ex·ert \ig-ˈzərt\

Definition of EXERT for Kids

:  to put forth (as strength) :  bring into use <He exerted force to open the jar.>
:  to make an effort <She exerts herself to help others.>


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