exercise

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 /ˈeksəsaɪz/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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]


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    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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