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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Maintaining that level of exertion will be critical when USC plays at BYU (1-1) on Saturday. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "USC vs. BYU 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 14 Sep. 2019 Captchas also unfortunately have consumed countless hours of exertion (albeit in 10-second intervals) as users strain to decipher the characters. Fortune, "Translating Success at a World-Changing Company," 19 Aug. 2019 Her extremities are frozen numb even as her exertions and wool sweater send a trickle of sweat between her breasts. Barry Pearce, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Grand Prize Winner: Chez Whatever," 20 July 2019 An autopsy concluded the cause of death was sudden cardiopulmonary arrest caused by methamphetamine intoxication and exertion during the struggle with deputies, and the manner of death was undetermined. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA clears cops in five shootings and in-custody death incidents," 30 Aug. 2019 In this case, though, for Canada to have a legitimate shot in the World Cup to earn an Olympic bid, Kelly Olynyk will have to play a lot and will have to play at peak exertion. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is One Last Dance 2.0 on the way?," 10 Aug. 2019 Burton, though, is running routes, cutting laterally and ramping up his exertion levels. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Can Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen stay healthy and take the next step? A closer look at the Bears tight ends," 2 Aug. 2019 In the presence of a camera, the struggles and exertions of the decade could be seen as historically consequential. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 The most noticeable way your body responds to heat and exertion is sweating, Lawrence Phillips, M.D., a cardiologist at NYU Langone Health, tells SELF. Anna Borges, SELF, "How to Spot Heat Exhaustion Because, Wow, It's Freaking Hot Outside," 12 July 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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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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