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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Exert \Ex*ert"\, verb (used with an object) [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. --Dryden.

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 voice.

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: put to use; "exert one's power or influence" [syn: {exert}, {exercise}]

2: have and exercise; "wield power and authority" [syn: {wield}, {exert}, {maintain}]

3: make a great effort at a mental or physical task; "exert oneself"

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