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 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>
2 : to bring to bear especially with sustained effort or lasting effect <exerted a bad influence on his students>
Examples of exert
He had to exert all of his strength to move the stone.
He exerts a lot of influence on the other members of the committee.
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
Rhymes with exert
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