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VERB (3)

1. put to use;
- Example: "exert one's power or influence"
[syn: exert, exercise]

2. have and exercise;
- Example: "wield power and authority"
[syn: wield, exert, maintain]

3. make a great effort at a mental or physical task;
- Example: "exert oneself"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Exert \Ex*ert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exerted; p. pr. & vb. n. Exerting.] [L. exertus, exsertus, p. p. of exerere, exserere, to thrust out; ex out + serere to join or bind together. See Series, and cf. Exsert.] 1. To thrust forth; to emit; to push out. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] So from the seas exerts his radiant head The star by whom the lights of heaven are led. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To put force, ability, or anything of the nature of an active faculty; to put in vigorous action; to bring into active operation; as, to exert the strength of the body, limbs, faculties, or imagination; to exert the mind or the voice. [1913 Webster] 3. To put forth, as the result or exercise of effort; to bring to bear; to do or perform. [1913 Webster] When we will has exerted an act of command on any faculty of the soul or member of the body. --South. [1913 Webster] To exert one's self, to use efforts or endeavors; to strive; to make an attempt. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

exert v 1: put to use; "exert one's power or influence" [syn: exert, exercise] 2: have and exercise; "wield power and authority" [syn: wield, exert, maintain] 3: make a great effort at a mental or physical task; "exert oneself"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

33 Moby Thesaurus words for "exert": apply, attempt, bring into play, bring to bear, bust a gut, do with, employ, endeavor, exercise, expend, go all out, handle, make an effort, make use of, manage, manipulate, operate, play, ply, practice, push, put forth, put out, strain, strive, struggle, throw, toil, try, use, utilize, wield, work