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exert

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verb ex·ert \ig-ˈzərt\

Simple Definition of exert

  • : to use (strength, ability, etc.)

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

Full Definition of exert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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>

  3. 2 :  to bring to bear especially with sustained effort or lasting effect <exerted a bad influence on his students>

  4. 3 :  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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