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
Recent Examples on the Web Rather, the Victorians had managed to build a significant portion of their capital through a moral and religious revolution of their own and also through intellectual exertions that could offer lessons to their successors. Yuval Levin, National Review, "The Historian as Moralist," 31 Dec. 2019 The key test to show that was a treadmill exercise test in which doctors watch for signs of trouble during strong exertion. Washington Post, "Doctors: Sanders fit enough for presidency post-heart attack," 30 Dec. 2019 According to the complaint, the nurse knew Bowen had a long history of asthma attacks sparked by even minimal physical exertion. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Lakeville school district sued over asthma attack that left teen in ‘vegetative state’," 6 Sep. 2019 As cold-blooded creatures, reptiles typically lack in aerobic capacity, rapidly becoming exhausted after physical exertions, unlike warm-blooded mammals. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Genetic adaptations point to Komodo dragons’ toughness," 29 July 2019 The symptoms include a prolonged relapse following minimal amounts of exertion, cognitive impairments, and sleep disorders, among others. David Tuller, STAT, "BMJ should retract flawed research paper on chronic fatigue syndrome," 13 Dec. 2019 If that sounds like too much exertion, simply claim your spot on a picturesque swath of sand before dinner in the 1778 Great House. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 Most police officer disability claims resulted from injuries during altercations or assaults, motor vehicle accidents, slips and trips, or over-exertion, according to the fund. oregonlive, "Stress-related disability claims filed by Portland police, firefighters expected to increase under new state law," 16 Oct. 2019 Surprisingly, however, participants’ perceived exertion for the e-bike loop was much lower than for the conventional bike loop. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "Riding an E-Bike Is Not Cheating," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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9 Jan 2020

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“Exertion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exertion. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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