exercise

noun
ex·​er·​cise | \ ˈek-sər-ˌsīz How to pronounce exercise (audio) \

Definition of exercise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act of bringing into play or realizing in action : use the exercise of self-control
b : the discharge of an official function or professional occupation exercise of his judicial duties
c : the act or an instance of carrying out the terms of an agreement (such as an option) often used attributivelyan option's exercise price
2a : regular or repeated use of a faculty or bodily organ
b : bodily exertion for the sake of developing and maintaining physical fitness trying to get more exercise
3 : something performed or practiced in order to develop, improve, or display a specific capability or skill arithmetic exercises vocal exercises
4 : a performance or activity having a strongly marked secondary or ulterior aspect party politics has always been an exercise in compromise— H. S. Ashmore
5a : a maneuver, operation, or drill carried out for training and discipline naval exercises
b exercises plural : a program including speeches, announcements of awards and honors, and various traditional practices of secular or religious character commencement exercises

exercise

verb
exercised; exercising

Definition of exercise (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make effective in action : use didn't exercise good judgment
b : to bring to bear : exert exercise influence
c : to implement the terms of exercise an option
2a : to use repeatedly in order to strengthen or develop exercise a muscle
b : to train by drills and maneuvers exercise troops
c : to put through exercises exercise the horses
3a : to engage the attention and effort of
b : to cause anxiety, alarm, or indignation in the issues exercising voters this year

intransitive verb

: to take exercise

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Other Words from exercise

Verb

exercisable \ ˈek-​sər-​ˌsī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce exercisable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for exercise

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of exercise in a Sentence

Noun Get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Swimming is my favorite kind of exercise. She did stretching exercises before her daily run. Do the writing exercise at the end of each chapter. The negotiations have gotten nowhere, and I see no reason to continue with this pointless exercise. Verb It's important to exercise every day. He eats right and exercises regularly. Bicycle riding exercises the leg muscles. The stable boys exercise the horses every morning. He didn't exercise good judgment. We just need to exercise common sense. She has been reluctant to exercise her authority. Exercise caution when using these chemicals.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bicycling is emerging as a new way to commute and get exercise in our new normal. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to know before you start biking again," 25 June 2020 People were allowed to cross the sand between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to swim in the ocean and jog for exercise. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Santa Cruz reopens beaches after 2-month closure," 25 June 2020 If outdoor space is limited, consider how to get exercise while indoors. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "No camp for kids this summer? How to entertain your children while you work from home," 23 June 2020 Boldt started in January as a way to get some exercise and his first season has been conducted almost entirely on dry land. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "How Indy rowing club won national titles in a rower's garage," 20 June 2020 Schaaf condemned the incidents on Twitter, saying the city will not tolerate having symbols of racial injustice and reports that they were meant for exercise don't excuse their connotation. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Man claims 'nooses' found in park are exercise equipment after city launches hate crime investigation," 18 June 2020 During an initial investigation, residents claimed the ropes were used for exercise, according to a press release from Oakland police. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Effigy found in Oakland a day after mayor announced hate crime investigation on nooses," 18 June 2020 Repeating this exercise across a U.S. mugshot database, the researchers found that algorithms had the highest error rates for Native Americans as well as high rates for Asian and black women. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Why face-recognition technology has a bias problem," 12 June 2020 At the time, a citywide stay-at-home order meant Londoners could leave the house only for exercise. Michael Hardy, Wired, "The Webs of Covid-Related Caution Tape Across London," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a press briefing Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis advised people to exercise safe precautions but rejected the idea of enforcing a statewide mask regulation. Fox News, "Florida sees third day of record high coronavirus cases in one week," 27 June 2020 But many people who exercise or engage in yoga also receive the benefits of inhaling through the nose instead of the mouth. The Conversation, oregonlive, "The science behind why this is the safest way to breathe to avoid coronavirus," 19 June 2020 But many people who exercise or engage in yoga also receive the benefits of inhaling through the nose instead of the mouth. The Conversation, "The right way to breathe during the coronavirus pandemic," 19 June 2020 In some cases, bodies that would appear to be mostly irrelevant to climate can exercise a deciding vote over decisions made in others. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Inside the Fight to Shape Biden’s Climate Policy," 17 June 2020 Seniors that would show up to exercise at the museum on Fridays and others are now benefiting from the weekly Live Labs that launch on Fridays and are also open to anyone who might benefit from them. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "The Health Museum’s Live Labs promote health amid COVID-19," 17 June 2020 The Treasury Department has the right to exercise those options at any point during the next five years at $12.51 a share. Dallas News, "Airline stocks are rallying and earning the U.S. Treasury a $330 million profit," 8 June 2020 The French automaker can exercise full voting rights with its Nissan shareholding, while the Japanese carmaker holds only a 15% stake in Renault and lacks the ability to vote its shares. Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg.com, "Nissan Email Trail Casts New Light on Carlos Ghosn Takedown," 15 June 2020 Much of it may sound like common sense: Eat a healthy diet, exercise plenty, and don’t drink alcohol. Popular Science, "The latest guidance on how to prevent cancer," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of exercise

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for exercise

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French exercice, from Latin exercitium, from exercitare to train, exercise, frequentative of exercēre to train, occupy, from ex- + arcēre to enclose, hold off — more at ark

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The first known use of exercise was in the 14th century

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30 Jun 2020

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“Exercise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exercise. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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exercise

noun
How to pronounce exercise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of exercise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: physical activity that is done in order to become stronger and healthier
: a particular movement or series of movements done to become stronger and healthier
: something that is done or practiced to develop a particular skill

exercise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exercise (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do physical activities in order to make yourself stronger and healthier
: to use (a body part) again and again in order to make it stronger
: to cause (an animal) to walk, run, etc., : to give exercise to (an animal)

exercise

noun
ex·​er·​cise | \ ˈek-sər-ˌsīz How to pronounce exercise (audio) \

Kids Definition of exercise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of putting into use, action, or practice the exercise of patience
2 : bodily activity for the sake of improving physical fitness
3 : a school lesson or other task performed to develop skill : practice work : drill math exercises
4 exercises plural : a program of songs, speeches, and announcements of awards and honors graduation exercises

exercise

verb
exercised; exercising

Kids Definition of exercise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put into use : exert He's exercising his authority.
2 : to take part in bodily activity for the sake of improving physical fitness
3 : to use again and again to train or develop exercise a muscle

exercise

noun
ex·​er·​cise | \ ˈek-sər-ˌsīz How to pronounce exercise (audio) \

Medical Definition of exercise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : regular or repeated use of a faculty or bodily organ
2 : bodily exertion for the sake of developing and maintaining physical fitness

exercise

verb
exercised; exercising

Medical Definition of exercise (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use repeatedly in order to strengthen or develop (as a muscle)
2 : to put through exercises

intransitive verb

: to take exercise

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exercise

noun
ex·​er·​cise | \ ˈek-sər-ˌsīz How to pronounce exercise (audio) \

Legal Definition of exercise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the discharge of an official function or professional occupation
2 : the act or an instance of carrying out the terms of an agreement (as an option)
exercised; exercising

Legal Definition of exercise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make effective in action exercising power
2 : to bring to bear exercise influence
3 : to implement the terms of (as an option)

Other Words from exercise

exercisable \ ˌek-​sər-​ˈsī-​zə-​bəl, ˈek-​sər-​ˌsī-​ How to pronounce exercisable (audio) \ adjective

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