[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.]
So from the seas exerts his radiant head
The star by whom the lights of heaven are led.
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
3. To put forth, as the result or exercise of effort; to
bring to bear; to do or perform.
When we will has exerted an act of command on any
faculty of the soul or member of the body. --South.
To exert one's self, to use efforts or endeavors; to
strive; to make an attempt.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: put to use; "exert one's power or influence" [syn: exert,
2: have and exercise; "wield power and authority" [syn: wield,
3: make a great effort at a mental or physical task; "exert
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