exert

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verb ex·ert \ig-ˈzərt\

Definition of exert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to bring to bear especially with sustained effort or lasting effect exerted a bad influence on his students

  4. 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 Defined for English Language Learners

exert

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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

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verb ex·ert \ig-ˈzərt\

Definition of exert for Students

exerted

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exerting

  1. 1 :  to put forth (as strength) :  bring into use He exerted force to open the jar.

  2. 2 :  to make an effort She exerts herself to help others.



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