exert

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verb ex·ert \ig-ˈzərt\

Definition of exert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to put forth (as strength) <the force is exerted sideways> b :  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

Origin and Etymology of exert

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


First Known Use: circa 1630



EXERT Defined for English Language Learners

exert

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verb ex·ert \ig-ˈzərt\

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

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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