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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•er•cise /ˈɛksɚˌsaɪz/USA pronunciation
n., v., -cised, -cis•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- activity or exertion, esp. for the sake of practice, training, or improvement[uncountable]aerobic exercise.
- something done or performed as a means of practice or training[countable]dancing exercises.
- a putting into action, use, or effect[uncountable]the exercise of caution when driving.
- [countable] a written composition, musical piece, or artistic work done for practice or learning.
- to (cause to) go through exercises: [~ + object]They exercised their muscles.[no object]We exercised for a full hour.
- to put into action, practice, or use[~ + object]They exercised their right to vote.
(ek′sər sīz′), n., v., -cised, -cis•ing.
- bodily or mental exertion, esp. for the sake of training or improvement of health:Walking is good exercise.
- something done or performed as a means of practice or training:exercises for the piano.
- a putting into action, use, operation, or effect:the exercise of caution.
- a written composition, musical piece, or artistic work executed for practice or to illustrate a particular aspect of technique.
- Often,exercises. a traditional ceremony:graduation exercises.
- Religiona religious observance or service.
- to put through exercises, or forms of practice or exertion, designed to train, develop, condition, or the like:to exercise a horse.
- to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use:to exercise freedom of speech.
- to use or display in one's action or procedure:to exercise judgment.
- to make use of (one's privileges, powers, etc.):to exercise one's constitutional rights.
- to discharge (a function); perform:to exercise the duties of one's office.
- to have as an effect:to exercise an influence on someone.
- to worry; make uneasy;
annoy:to be much exercised about one's health.
- to go through exercises;
take bodily exercise.
1 . activity;
- Latin exercitium, equivalent. to exercit(us) past participle of exercēre to train (ex- ex-1 + -ercit-, stem of combining form of arcēre to restrain) + -ium noun, nominal suffix
- Middle French exercice
- Middle English (noun, nominal) 1300–50
calisthenics, gymnastics. 2 . Exercise, drill, practice refer to activities undertaken for training in some skill. Exercise is the most general term and may be either physical or mental:an exercise in arithmetic.Drill is disciplined repetition of set exercises, often performed in a group, directed by a leader:military drill.Practice is repeated or methodical exercise:Even great musicians require constant practice. 3 . employment, application, practice, performance. 6 . ritual. 7 . discipline, drill, school. 9 . employ, apply, exert, practice. 13 . try, trouble.
1 . inaction.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
exercise /ˈɛksəˌsaɪz/ vb (mainly tr)
- to put into use; employ: to exercise tact
- (intransitive) to take exercise or perform exercises; exert one's muscles, etc, esp in order to keep fit
- to practise using in order to develop or train: to exercise one's voice
- to perform or make proper use of: to exercise one's rights
- to bring to bear; exert: to exercise one's influence
- (often passive) to occupy the attentions of, esp so as to worry or vex: to be exercised about a decision
- to carry out or cause to carry out, manoeuvres, simulated combat operations, etc
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French exercice, from Latin exercitium, from exercēre to drill, from ex-1 + arcēre to ward offˈexerˌcisable adj
- physical exertion, esp for the purpose of development, training, or keeping fit
- mental or other activity or practice, esp in order to develop a skill
- a set of movements, questions, tasks, etc, designed to train, improve, or test one's ability in a particular field: piano exercises
- a performance or work of art done as practice or to demonstrate a technique
- the performance of a function; discharge: the exercise of one's rights, the object of the exercise is to win
- (sometimes plural) a manoeuvre or simulated combat operation carried out for training and evaluation
- (usually plural) US Canadian a ceremony or formal routine, esp at a school or college: opening exercises, graduation exercises
- a particular type of event, such as performing on the horizontal bar
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