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 exercise (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 Especially juggling mommy life, work life, exercise, etc! Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Ciara Shows Off 28-Lb. Weight Loss and Reveals She Wants to Lose 20 More: 'Super Proud'," 5 Jan. 2021 Itineraries can include one-on-one instruction in nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle practices. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Hawaiian Wellness Retreat Is Offering 30-day Extended Stays for Those Who Need a Reset," 5 Jan. 2021 Just yesterday, the government instituted a new lockdown, shuttering in-person schools and colleges and advising the public to stay at home (except for exercise, medical needs, food shopping, and work, for those who can't telecommute). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Annual Garden Parties Canceled Amid Heightened UK Public Health Restrictions," 5 Jan. 2021 Classes include exercise, history, genealogy, language, book discussion and yoga. Staff Reports, NOLA.com, "Urban tree planting, and more metro community news," 30 Dec. 2020 In the medical arena, much effort has been expended in promoting healthy behaviors – diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, adherence to prescribed drugs and immunizations. Randy P. Juhl, The Conversation, "Seat belts and smoking rates show people eventually adopt healthy behaviors – but it can take time we don’t have during a pandemic," 29 Dec. 2020 Take care of yourself through meditation, exercise, healthy eating and getting plenty of rest. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano offers New Year’s tips for beating winter burnout, pandemic stress and fatigue," 28 Dec. 2020 Now, Ritter said, her daily exercise has included performing yoga stretches, walking circles around her cul-de-sac with her dog and going up and down the stairs inside her house. Washington Post, "The pandemic is a headache — and for some people, it’s causing migraines," 21 Dec. 2020 Raw, the meat revealed to him the animal’s diet, its exercise, and its health. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "How to Make a Classic Bistro-Style Steak Tartare at Home," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But in China, where Google and Facebook have been locked out of the market for years, authorities are looking for ways to exercise tighter control over their own tech behemoths. Jill Disis, CNN, "The year the world gave up waiting for Big Tech to fix itself," 28 Dec. 2020 Through trial and error many people who regularly exercise have figured out how to avoid them. Olivia Muenter, Allure, "The Best Ways to Prevent (and Treat) Blisters," 27 Dec. 2020 During the pandemic, people have been willing to pay the delivery upcharge as a way to exercise caution while procuring meals and groceries. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "Food Delivery Fees: How to Avoid the $18 Burger," 20 Dec. 2020 The November election was the first presidential election in which Michiganders could exercise their new constitutional right to vote absentee for any reason. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Trump, Giuliani continue to peddle baseless election conspiracies about Michigan," 3 Dec. 2020 In fact, lunch was the most popular time to exercise during the workweek — a first in the history of the ClassPass report. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "The Rise Of The Lunchtime Workout," 2 Dec. 2020 The rest of the social hour zigged and zagged, with the seniors offering each other advice on good books to read, how to handle bouts of dizziness, and how to find motivation to exercise. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Among the many volunteers deserving of thanks, this high school student is a standout," 26 Nov. 2020 Masks are to be worn by school-age children older than 5, those who exercise or work at gyms, and athletes, players, coaches and officials who participate in organized sports, according to the municipality directives. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Hospital wedding, Howard celebrates, ‘Home by 10 Order’: News from around our 50 states," 9 Nov. 2020 Starting this year and going forward, White Castle will give team members time to exercise their right to vote in presidential elections. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "White Castle will briefly close on Election Day so employees can vote," 30 Oct. 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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Exercise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exercise. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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 exercise (audio) \ adjective

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