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exercise

ex·er·cise

exercise

 
 
pronunciation:
ek sr saIz
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: mental or physical activity undertaken to maintain or increase ability or strength.
I get my exercise from swimming.Crossword puzzles provide good mental exercise.
 
synonyms:
athletics, practice, workout
similar words:
action, activity, aerobics, calisthenics, conditioning, exertion, fitness, gymnastics, movement, sport, training
definition 2: an act of putting into effect; use.
A sensitive matter like this requires the exercise of patience.
synonyms:
application, employment, use, utilization
similar words:
exertion, practice
definition 3: (often pl.) a ceremony, esp. celebrating graduation from a school.
This year's graduation exercises will be held in the new auditorium.
synonyms:
ceremony
similar words:
celebration, graduation, observance, service
definition 4: a military training operation or war game.
The recruits will be engaging in a particularly dangerous training exercise this week.
synonyms:
war game
similar words:
drill
definition 5: a specially designed task, often one that is performed repeatedly, aimed at developing particular strengths or skills.
The piano teacher assigned all the exercises on page five.Here is a good exercise for developing the calf muscles.
similar words:
drill, practice, scale
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: exercised, exercises, exercising
definition 1: to put into effect or make use of.
He failed to exercise his right to vote.
synonyms:
apply, employ, exert, make use of, wield
similar words:
carry out, practice, put to use, take advantage of, use, utilize
definition 2: to put through training.
The drill sergeant is exercising the new recruits.
synonyms:
condition, train
similar words:
apply, develop, drill, practice, strengthen, work
definition 3: to disturb or agitate.
The insult exercised him greatly.
synonyms:
agitate, disturb, perturb, trouble
similar words:
distress, worry
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to engage in physical exercise or activity.
Her doctor advised her to exercise daily to improve her health.
 
similar words:
cycle, jog, limber up, run, swim, train, walk, warm up
Word History
Exercise is from a Latin word that means "to keep busy" or "drive on." In the English spoken in the early 1300s, "exercise" referred to mental effort. By the late 1300s, its meaning had broadened to include physical activity.
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