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exert

ex·ert

exert

 
pronunciation:
ihg zuhrt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: exerted, exerting, exerts
definition 1: to exercise or bring to bear (power, influence, or the like); put into action.
He exerted his influence in the company to get his son a job.
similar words:
employ, exercise, wield
definition 2: to force (oneself) into vigorous or strenuous effort.
The doctor told him not to exert himself until he had fully recovered.I know I could succeed if I exerted myself.
similar words:
strain
derivation: exertive (adj.)