exertion

noun

ex·​er·​tion ig-ˈzər-shən How to pronounce exertion (audio)
: the act or an instance of exerting
especially : a laborious or perceptible effort

Examples of exertion in a Sentence

He was panting from the exertion of climbing the stairs. an easy sport that requires little physical exertion
Recent Examples on the Web There are also strategies focused on individual actions, such as finding shade, using fans, wearing loose clothing and reducing physical exertion. Joseph G. Allen, Washington Post, 15 July 2024 Reduce heavy exertion while outdoors on Thursday and Friday. Chloe Mayer, Newsweek, 9 July 2024 The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued a yellow air quality advisory for Boise on Wednesday, meaning those unusually sensitive to bad air quality should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 9 July 2024 Additionally, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality advises people reduce any physical exertion. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for exertion 

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exertion was in 1677

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“Exertion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exertion. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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exertion

noun
ex·​er·​tion ig-ˈzər-shən How to pronounce exertion (audio)
: the act or an instance of exerting

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