exert
transitive verb Etymology: Latin exsertus, past participle of exserere to thrust out, from ex- + serere to join — more at series Date: circa 1630 1. a. to put forth (as strength) <
the force is exerted sideways
>
b. to put (oneself) into action or to tiring effort <
won't have to exert himself moving the table
>
2. to bring to bear especially with sustained effort or lasting effect <
exerted a bad influence on his students
>
3. employ, wield <
exerted her leadership abilities intelligently
>

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  • Exert — Ex*ert , v. t. [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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exert — exért adj. m., pl. exérţi; f. sg. exértă, pl. exérte Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  EXÉRT, Ă adj. (bot.; despre unele organe) Ieşit în afară. [< …   Dicționar Român

  • exert — ► VERB 1) apply or bring to bear (a force, influence, or quality). 2) (exert oneself) make a physical or mental effort. DERIVATIVES exertion noun. ORIGIN Latin exserere put forth …   English terms dictionary

  • exert — [eg zʉrt′, igzʉrt′] vt. [L exsertare, freq. of exserere, to stretch out, put forth < ex , out + serere, to join, fasten together: see SERIES] 1. to put forth or use energetically; put into action or use [to exert strength, influence, etc.] 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • exert — I verb apply, bring into operation, bring into play, bring to bear, contendere, employ, exercise, expend, intendere, make use of, manipulate, operate, put forth, put in action, set to work, spend, strain, strive, try, use, utilize, wield, work II …   Law dictionary

  • exert — 1660s, thrust forth, push out, from L. exertus/exsertus, pp. of exerere/exserere thrust out, put forth, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + serere attach, join (see SERIES (Cf. series)). Meaning put into …   Etymology dictionary

  • exert — [v] make use of apply, apply oneself, bring into play*, bring to bear*, dig*, employ, endeavor, exercise, expend, give all one’s got*, give best shot*, labor, make effort, peg away*, plug*, ply, pour it on*, push, put forth, put out, strain,… …   New thesaurus

  • exert — 01. She s an excellent player, so she hardly even had to [exert] herself to beat me. 02. Many athletes report feeling pleasant drug like sensations as a result of extreme [exertion]. 03. He was completely soaked with sweat from the [exertion] of… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • exert */ — UK [ɪɡˈzɜː(r)t] / US [ɪɡˈzɜrt] verb [transitive] Word forms exert : present tense I/you/we/they exert he/she/it exerts present participle exerting past tense exerted past participle exerted formal 1) to use influence, authority, or power in order …   English dictionary

  • exert — ex|ert [ ıg zɜrt ] verb transitive FORMAL * 1. ) to use influence, authority, or power in order to affect or achieve something: exert influence/pressure/control: A well funded national organization would be able to exert more influence in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • exert — verb (T) 1 exert pressure/control/influence to use your power, influence etc in order to have a particular effect: Photography has exerted a profound influence on art in this century. 2 exert yourself to make a strong physical or mental effort:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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