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exert

ex·ert

exert

 
pronunciation:
ihg zuhrt
part of speech: verb
inflections: exerted, exerting, exerts
definition 1: to use or put into action; apply.
The senator exerted her influence to help pass the new law.
similar words:
exercise
definition 2: to push into effort or action; strain.
Don't exert yourself if you're feeling sick.
similar words:
strain
derivation: exertive (adj.)