Definition of exert
1a : to put forth (strength, effort, etc.) the force is exerted sidewaysb : to put (oneself) into action or to tiring effort won't have to exert himself moving the table
2 : to bring to bear especially with sustained effort or lasting effect exerted a bad influence on his students
Examples of exert in a Sentence
He had to exert all of his strength to move the stone.
He exerts a lot of influence on the other members of the committee.
the force exerted by the machine
Recent Examples of exert from the Web
Yet as Trump flounders and tramples the sensibility of world leaders, the young Trudeau has punched above Canada’s weight in exerting soft power around the globe.
But Russia’s bid committee was cleared of any wrongdoing, with the report finding no evidence of collusion with other bids, no violations of rules on gifts, and no signs that the Russians had tried to exert influence on any voters.
And sweating fashionistas — who fanned themselves with program notes against the sweltering Paris heat wave — didn’t need to exert themselves trying to imagine how that desert might feel.
One woman even asked me if my husband had exerted pressure on me to have an abortion.
Pressure on a newborn's head — like the pressure exerted during vaginal childbirth — in addition to the fluid and blood that collects in and around the brain during delivery occasionally results in a cone-like head shape.
The party at the Shore Club in October 2013 was part of Kalanick’s effort to exert public pressure in Miami to force a change in local laws and overwhelm the taxi industry’s opposition to the new high-tech competitors.
Everyone acknowledges James' Miami move ushered in the era of the super team and freed up players like Durant to exert greater control over the title hopes.
On Friday evening, House Democrats sent a letter to the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, saying there was no case for the president to exert the privilege on Mr. Comey.
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EXERT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exert for English Language Learners
: to use (strength, ability, etc.)
: to cause (force, effort, etc.) to have an effect or to be felt
EXERT Defined for Kids
Definition of exert for Students
1 : to put forth (as strength) : bring into use He exerted force to open the jar.
2 : to make an effort She exerts herself to help others.
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