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 The idea of getting beneficial exercise from the mundane task of picking up pet hair is fabulous! Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Let’s clean!," 30 May 2020 Like any other animal, however, ferrets should be given plenty of time outside of their cages to run around and get exercise. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Down to business: Ferrets as pets," 16 May 2020 Zambia has already started the process to hire financial advisers for a liability-management exercise of its foreign debt, which rose to $11.2 billion by December from $4.8 billion five years earlier. Matthew Hill, Bloomberg.com, "Zambia May Have Borrowed Too Much to Tap IMF Coronavirus Funds," 15 May 2020 Be firm and constant in the exercise of rational religion. Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New York Review of Books, "An English Clergyman’s Advice For Quarantine," 14 May 2020 Wild Food Mood Field guides to edible wild plants can add a welcome dash of fun, flavor, and nutrition to meal planning, and foraging for your own grub is a great way to get exercise and reconnect with the natural world. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Reasons to Always Carry a Field Guide," 8 May 2020 Well, that's one way to get exercise during the quarantine. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie, and more actresses unite for epic virtual fight," 2 May 2020 The Freshwater Land Trust has recommended central Alabama trails that are typically less crowded so residents can get exercise and fresh air while maintaining social distancing. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "7 less-traveled Alabama trails you’ll love," 23 Apr. 2020 This includes the exercise of legal rights and obligations and for historical, statistical and research purposes where a public interest is served. Norma Young, Quartz Africa, "South Africans are worried the government will use coronavirus phone tracking to spy on them," 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Asked about potential Jones Act violations, a representative from Customs and Border Patrol emailed the following statement: An importer is expected to exercise reasonable care its importing operations. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Is Puerto Rico About to Give Another Terrible Energy Contract to an American Company?," 2 June 2020 The investigation has shown that the concerns raised by Ms. Union had no bearing on the decision not to exercise the option on her contract. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Gabrielle Union Reveals 'America's Got Talent' Literally Made Her Sick For 'Two Months Straight'," 28 May 2020 The investigation has shown that the concerns raised by Ms. Union had no bearing on the decision not to exercise the option on her contract. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Investigation into Gabrielle Union's America’s Got Talent exit finds no racial bias, 'derogatory remarks'," 27 May 2020 Cycling advocates say Mayor Bill de Blasio is missing a chance to turn New York City’s deserted streets into a bikers’ paradise as people seek alternative ways to travel and exercise during the coronavirus pandemic. Paul Berger, WSJ, "As New Yorkers Flee Mass Transit During Coronavirus, Biking Proves Resilient," 26 May 2020 Gibraltar has a Golden Hour, when open spaces are set aside for the over-70s to exercise while everyone else stays at home. The Economist, "The next stage of covid-19 Lifting lockdowns: the when, why and how," 23 May 2020 Such patients might not be able to exercise as much, feel breathless or feel like their heart is beating faster than usual for an indefinite period of time. Gina Yu And Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Why overcoming Covid-19 is just the first hurdle of a much longer journey," 19 May 2020 In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service says it’s OK to leave your home once a day to exercise, while those with autism can leave up to three times. Feda Almaliti, STAT, "Life with an autistic child can be difficult. During a pandemic it can be grueling," 15 May 2020 Changes may include being able to exercise more than once a day and the reopening of garden centers. Fox News, "UK’s Boris Johnson to unveil new coronavirus lockdown rules, including controversial ‘stay alert’ slogan," 10 May 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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4 Jun 2020

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“Exercise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exercise. Accessed 6 Jun. 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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