WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
ex•er•cise /ˈɛksɚˌsaɪz/USA pronunciation n., v., -cised, -cis•ing.
n.  [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
n
  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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