exercise

noun
ex·​er·​cise | \ˈek-sər-ˌsīz \

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 attributively an 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 \ adjective

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

The stressful exercise of making household budgets meet monthly payments diminished the happiness, which families were supposed to be enjoying.... Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "Troubled by the US Supreme Court’s upholding of Trump’s travel ban, Erdoğan’s reelection tilts toward authoritarianism, Why a stable Turkey is important, Ukraine has come a long way since Russia’s invasion, ‘Standard of living’ or ‘standard of life’?," 14 July 2018 The Pentagon said its major exercises can cost as much as $20 million a year. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "‘War Games’ Trump Said Were Too Expensive Cost Less Than a Fighter Jet," 11 July 2018 Polar's online maps allowed users to post public records of their exercise. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Fitness App Reveals Top Secret Military Movements," 9 July 2018 Maya practices her exercises daily for physical therapy. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "This Michigan girl, 4, with cerebral palsy just took her first steps," 6 July 2018 When your condition improves, the therapist will modify your workout program so your exercises help your shoulder rather then aggravate it. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "'Frozen shoulder' a common injury from working out," 2 July 2018 The entire exercise seemed almost doomed from the start. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Congress failed to do something on immigration — again. Here’s why.," 2 July 2018 This reminds me to invite you to take part in our annual thought exercise: how much money does Wimbledon leave on the table by declining to sell out? Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 Earlier negotiations between North Korean officials and Pompeo included discussions of Pyongyang's long-standing insistence that the United States dial back or cancel its annual military exercises with South Korea. Anchorage Daily News, "'Why can't we just do it?' Trump nearly upended summit with abrupt changes," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now those officers, along with consular officers at the State Department, feel empowered to exercise their own discretion, take more time scrutinizing each applicant and more strictly enforce existing laws on inadmissibility, the official said. Abigail Hauslohner And Andrew Ba Tran, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is making inroads in reducing legal immigration," 3 July 2018 Now those officers, along with consular officers at the State Department, feel empowered to exercise their own discretion, take more time scrutinizing each applicant and more strictly enforce existing laws on inadmissibility, the official said. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, "How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration," 2 July 2018 The Securities and Exchange Commission’s ALJs wield significant powers, exercising discretion and issuing decisions that become final and binding unless the SEC’s commissioners act to overturn them. Adam J. White, WSJ, "Regulatory State Has a Bad Day in Court," 24 June 2018 The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department said deputies can exercise their own discretion in deciding whether to write noise violation citations. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Loud motorcycles are a sweet sound or an offensive din, depending on the listener," 21 May 2018 Other favorable personal qualities include an ability to exercise discretion, act lawfully and have enough time and flexibility to deal with unexpected repairs or surprises. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "5 important tips for buying a rental property," 20 May 2018 Lifestyle adjustments, like maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, can also help keep insulin resistance in check. Cari Romm, The Cut, "Everything to Know About a New Study on the Causes of PCOS," 18 May 2018 In places that allow law enforcement to exercise discretion, getting a permit may be functionally impossible, even for those who can meet all the legal requirements. Jay Willis, GQ, "Owning a Gun in America Is a Luxury," 30 Apr. 2018 Surely scorpions had to exercise more caution in their tantrums, though. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Scorpion, as Explained by an Astrologer and an Entomologist," 3 July 2018

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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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exercise

noun

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 \

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 \

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 \

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)

exercise

transitive verb
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-​ \ adjective

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