Definition of exert
- the force is exerted sideways
- won't have to exert himself moving the table
- exerted a bad influence on his students
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
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: to use (strength, ability, etc.)
: to cause (force, effort, etc.) to have an effect or to be felt
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