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 For swimmers, this watch automatically tracks your activities and uses advanced sensors and a heart rate monitor to measure your distance and exertion. Lizzy Briskin, chicagotribune.com, "Best smartwatch for swimmers," 9 Apr. 2021 Close contact and physical exertion put hockey and basketball in a higher risk category, but masks during practice and games can provide some protection. New York Times, "How Risky Are Indoor Sports This Winter?," 17 Nov. 2020 Most football deaths in the past decade were caused by complications from existing conditions, like heart ailments, or problems related to over-exertion, like heat stroke. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "California high school player dies after collapsing during game," 22 Mar. 2021 This is a place of both reverie and exertion: A father gently guiding his toddler past fragrant sage and dry brown grasses that tower over her head. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "Starved of recreation? Try SoCal’s newest set of trails: Ventura’s nature reserve," 13 Mar. 2021 These Superheroes — like gods on earth — personify human exertion. Armond White, National Review, "Zack Snyder’s Restored Grand Vision," 19 Mar. 2021 However, previous versions of Guardiola control, with City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona involved greater exertion from his players. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, "Manchester City’s Formula For Success: Run Less, Win More," 27 Feb. 2021 Your outgoing nature is accentuated whenever there is a task to perform or physical exertion involved. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Feb. 8, 2021: Happy birthday Seth Green; Aquarius, keep an open mind," 8 Feb. 2021 Klimas’s research on postexertional malaise — which has involved collecting blood work on volunteers before, during and after mild exertion — has also revealed numerous differences compared with healthy people. New York Times, "What If You Never Get Better From Covid-19?," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Exertion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exertion. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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