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exercise

noun ex·er·cise \ ˈek-sər-ˌsīz \

Definition of exercise

1 a :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
2 a :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
5 a :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

Examples of exercise in a Sentence

  1. Get plenty of fresh air and exercise.

  2. Swimming is my favorite kind of exercise.

  3. She did stretching exercises before her daily run.

  4. Do the writing exercise at the end of each chapter.

  5. The negotiations have gotten nowhere, and I see no reason to continue with this pointless exercise.

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Origin and Etymology of exercise

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

verb

Definition of exercise

exercised; exercising
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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
3 a :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

exercisable

play \ˈek-sər-ˌsī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of exercise in a Sentence

  1. It's important to exercise every day.

  2. He eats right and exercises regularly.

  3. Bicycle riding exercises the leg muscles.

  4. The stable boys exercise the horses every morning.

  5. He didn't exercise good judgment.

  6. We just need to exercise common sense.

  7. She has been reluctant to exercise her authority.

  8. Exercise caution when using these chemicals.

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First Known Use of exercise

14th century

exercise Synonyms

Synonyms
apply, exert, ply, put out, wield
Antonyms
calm, compose, quiet, settle, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize)
Related Words
employ, use, utilize; abuse, misapply, misuse
Near Antonyms
ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse


EXERCISE Defined for Kids

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exercise

noun ex·er·cise \ ˈek-sər-ˌsīz \

Definition of exercise for Students

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

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exercise

verb

Definition of exercise for Students

exercised; exercising
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

Medical Dictionary

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exercise

noun ex·er·cise \ ˈek-sər-ˌsīz \

medical Definition of exercise

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

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exercise

verb

medical Definition of exercise

exercised; exercising
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

Law Dictionary

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exercise

noun ex·er·cise \ ˈek-sər-ˌsīz \

legal Definition of exercise

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)

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exercise

transitive verb

legal Definition of exercise

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

exercisable

play \ˌek-sər-ˈsī-zə-bəl, ˈek-sər-ˌsī-\ adjective


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