from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put to use or effect; put forth: exerted all my strength to move the box.
- transitive v. To bring to bear; exercise: exert influence.
- transitive v. To put (oneself) to strenuous effort: exerted ourselves mightily to raise funds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to put in vigorous action
- v. to make use of, to apply, especially of something non-material
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To thrust forth; to emit; to push out.
- transitive v. To put force, ability, or anything of the nature of an active faculty; to put in vigorous action; to bring into active operation
- transitive v. To put forth, as the result or exercise of effort; to bring to bear; to do or perform.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put forth; thrust out; push out; emit.
- To put forth, as strength, force, or ability; put in action; bring into active operation: as, to exert the strength of the body; to exert powers or faculties.
- To put forth as the result of effort; do or perform.
- To put forth effort or energy.
- See exserted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put to use
- v. make a great effort at a mental or physical task
- v. have and exercise
The only control I will try to exert is to keep doing them.
And clearly, the military force a country can exert is only one component of its power.
That exert from the housekeeping magazine is hilarious ... too funny.
Much of the fascination that the book continues to exert is owing to its context, and none of the editions I possess, including Paul Foote's 1966 translation and now this very deft version by Hugh Aplin, has failed to include quite a deal of background material without which Mikhail Lermontov's brief, intricate masterpiece is difficult to appreciate.
But I suggest that our weight in world affairs and the influence we can exert is greater than our numbers would indicate.
Otherwise, we may need to take Timberlake up on his word and exert a little extra A-list peer pressure!
a man was able to exert, that is, how many foot-pounds of work a man could do in a day.
Speakers of the major non-English languages are in positions to exert influence on the evolution of Global English purely on the basis of their numbers.
After the American Revolution, as we have seen, doctors and political leaders believed that for the new nation to flourish, its citizens needed to exert strict control over their bodies.
Furthermore, he would likely think that to the extent religion does exert an influence, it is on the left and not the right.