ex·​er·​tion | \ ig-ˈzər-shən How to pronounce exertion (audio) \

Definition of exertion

: the act or an instance of exerting especially : a laborious or perceptible effort

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Examples of exertion in a Sentence

He was panting from the exertion of climbing the stairs. an easy sport that requires little physical exertion

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Choose breathable fleece to inhibit the accumulation of perspiration during exertion. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "7 Tips to Survive Cold-Weather Camping," 14 Dec. 2015 By December, however, Avenatti’s presidential exertions had run their course, as some of the novelty wore off and other more credible candidates began ramping up their efforts. James Queally, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer Michael Avenatti, accused of fraud and attempts to extort Nike, is arrested," 25 Mar. 2019 Subsequently, the Environmental Protection Agency says the region’s air quality has reached unhealthy levels and advised residents to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Smoke and haze send UW Huskies inside for practice," 21 Aug. 2018 But whatever exertions the powertrain was making the 300h didn’t complain. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lexus ES 300h: Spend on the Luxury, Save on Gas Money," 24 Jan. 2019 The gear measures the human body’s performance—more specifically, the exertions of young airmen at the U.S. Air Force Special Warfare Training Wing. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 The early exertion is taking its toll, with last season’s seventh-place finishers in last place in the Premier League with a one point from five games. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Hazard inspires Chelsea recovery, shows what team could miss," 17 Sep. 2018 But those studies primarily examined nonstop intense exercise, such as continuous, hard bicycling or running, and not interval training, which interrupts the strenuous exertion with rest periods. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Hate High-Intensity Exercise? Try It. You Might Like It.," 30 May 2018 Kate, whose main triggers include physical exertion, smoke, mold, mildew, dust, cold air, and pet dander, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 People Describe What an Asthma Attack Actually Feels Like," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of exertion

1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exertion was in 1677

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English Language Learners Definition of exertion

: physical or mental effort


ex·​er·​tion | \ ig-ˈzər-shən How to pronounce exertion (audio) \

Kids Definition of exertion

1 : the act of putting into use They won by the exertion of great effort.
2 : use of strength or ability The game requires physical exertion.

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showing great care, attention, and effort

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