WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ex•er•cise /ˈɛksɚˌsaɪz/USA pronunciation n., v., -cised, -cis•ing.

  • [uncountable] activity or exertion, esp. for the sake of practice, training, or improvement:aerobic exercise.
  • [countable] something done or performed as a means of practice or training:dancing exercises.
  • [uncountable] a putting into action, use, or effect:the exercise of caution when driving.
  • [countable] a written composition, musical piece, or artistic work done for practice or learning.

  • v. 
  • to (cause to) go through exercises: [+ object]They exercised their muscles.[no object]We exercised for a full hour.
  • [+ object] to put into action, practice, or use:They exercised their right to vote.
  • ex•er•cis•er,n.  [countable]

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    exercise /ˈɛksəˌsaɪz/ vb (mainly tr)
    1. to put into use; employ: to exercise tact
    2. (intransitive) to take exercise or perform exercises; exert one's muscles, etc, esp in order to keep fit
    3. to practise using in order to develop or train: to exercise one's voice
    4. to perform or make proper use of: to exercise one's rights
    5. to bring to bear; exert: to exercise one's influence
    6. (often passive) to occupy the attentions of, esp so as to worry or vex: to be exercised about a decision
    7. to carry out or cause to carry out, manoeuvres, simulated combat operations, etc
    1. physical exertion, esp for the purpose of development, training, or keeping fit
    2. mental or other activity or practice, esp in order to develop a skill
    3. a set of movements, questions, tasks, etc, designed to train, improve, or test one's ability in a particular field: piano exercises
    4. a performance or work of art done as practice or to demonstrate a technique
    5. the performance of a function; discharge: the exercise of one's rights, the object of the exercise is to win
    6. (sometimes plural) a manoeuvre or simulated combat operation carried out for training and evaluation
    7. (usually plural) US Canadian a ceremony or formal routine, esp at a school or college: opening exercises, graduation exercises
    8. a particular type of event, such as performing on the horizontal bar
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French exercice, from Latin exercitium, from exercēre to drill, from ex-1 + arcēre to ward off

    ˈexerˌcisable adj

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