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

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 The lower the pressure, the bigger the storm and more widespread its winds tend to reach, which means not only is there a wider coverage of strong winds but also a greater exertion of storm surge. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Apr. 2022 As the rib cage expands during breathing, and is impacted with upper body twists and turns, the pain is exacerbated by exertion and deep breaths. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The early exertion took its toll, especially on Classic Causeway, who was finished on the far turn. Tom Jicha, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Apr. 2022 The county contended that Phounsy died from the combination of drug use and the toll of the exertion from the struggle with the deputies, not from the restraints or any excessive force. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 The physical exertion was only made worse by what had to be an emotional toll in the past 11 days. Ryan Wood, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 Just like athletes in training, there’s only so much physical exertion the body can withstand before performance starts to decline and rest is needed to recharge. John Feldmann, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 One of the most useful but lesser-known features of Meta’s Quest 2 virtual reality (VR) headset is its ability to track the physical exertion of the user across various apps. Adario Strange, Quartz, 11 Mar. 2022 There also are presses that demand varying degrees of exertion, designed to merely make the other team burn clock as opposed to Friday’s all-out effort to get steals. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exertion

1677, in the meaning defined above

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“Exertion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exertion. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for exertion


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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