exert

verb ex·ert \ ig-ˈzərt \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of exert

transitive verb
1 a : to put forth (strength, effort, etc.)
  • the force is exerted sideways
b : 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
3 : employ, wield
  • exerted her leadership abilities intelligently

Examples of exert in a Sentence

  1. He had to exert all of his strength to move the stone.

  2. He exerts a lot of influence on the other members of the committee.

  3. the force exerted by the machine

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Origin and Etymology of exert

Latin exsertus, past participle of exserere to thrust out, from ex- + serere to join — more at series

exert Synonyms

Synonyms
apply, exercise, ply, put out, wield
Related Words
employ, use, utilize; abuse, misapply, misuse


EXERT Defined for English Language Learners

exert

verb

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

exert

verb ex·ert \ ig-ˈzərt \

Definition of exert for Students

exerted; exerting
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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