ex·​ert | \ ig-ˈzərt How to pronounce exert (audio) \
exerted; exerting; exerts

Definition of exert

transitive verb

1a : to put forth (strength, effort, etc.) the force is exerted sideways
b : to put (oneself) into action or to tiring effort won't have to exert himself moving the table
2 : to bring to bear especially with sustained effort or lasting effect exerted a bad influence on his students
3 : employ, wield exerted her leadership abilities intelligently

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Examples of exert in a Sentence

He had to exert all of his strength to move the stone. He exerts a lot of influence on the other members of the committee. the force exerted by the machine
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Recent Examples on the Web Weight is a measure of the downward force an object exerts on whatever is supporting it. Wired, "Measurements Are Often Full of Lies—and That's OK," 6 Nov. 2019 But Blue Origin’s bid shows how the desires of a handful of very wealthy individuals, joining forces with those corporations, are exerting influence on sending Americans to deep space. New York Times, "Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to Partner With 3 Companies on NASA Moon Lander," 22 Oct. 2019 At the time, May was hemmed in by the Democratic Unionists, who exerted a strong influence over the hard-line, pro-Brexit faction of the Conservative Party. BostonGlobe.com, "“If Johnson gets the deal through Parliament, this is the end of the beginning,” said Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European studies at Oxford University. “If he does not, Parliament with luck comes up with another way forward. It’s a fork in the road, but it’s hardly the end of the road.”," 18 Oct. 2019 There is an equal and opposite force exerted on the electrodes and coils that produce the fields, and those just happen to be in the spaceship, too. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Near-infinite specific thrust from drive that ignores physics," 15 Oct. 2019 Temperature Matters Hot water makes a cold glass crack or even shatter due to thermally induced stress, forces exerted by changing temperature. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 The onslaught came in the second half with De Bruyne exerting his influence after coming off the bench. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Man City completes sweep of English trophies with FA Cup win," 18 May 2019 Thunberg and other teen activists have been planning Friday’s strikes for months, hoping to exert maximum pressure on leaders attending the United Nations summit. Theo Wayt, NBC News, "NYC schools to let 1.1 million students cut class for climate strike," 17 Sep. 2019 The talent gap is still big enough that USA Basketball can exert its dominance in a sleepy, 21-point win against an inferior opponent. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "USA Basketball’s First Win at the FIBA World Cup Was Boring, And That’s a Good Thing," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of exert

circa 1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for exert

Latin exsertus, past participle of exserere to thrust out, from ex- + serere to join — more at series

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The first known use of exert was circa 1630

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12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Exert.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exerts. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of exert

: to use (strength, ability, etc.)
: to cause (force, effort, etc.) to have an effect or to be felt


ex·​ert | \ ig-ˈzərt How to pronounce exert (audio) \
exerted; exerting

Kids Definition of exert

1 : to put forth (as strength) : bring into use He exerted force to open the jar.
2 : to make an effort She exerts herself to help others.

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