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Definitions of exercise

  1. To use action or exertion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to; to put in action habitually or constantly; to school or train; to exert repeatedly; to busy. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop; hence, also, to improve by practice; to discipline, and to use or to for the purpose of training; as, to exercise arms; to exercise one's self in music; to exercise troops. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax, especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to vex; to worry or make anxious; to affect; to discipline; as, exercised with pain. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To put in practice; to carry out in action; to perform the duties of; to use; to employ; to practice; as, to exercise authority; to exercise an office. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To train by use; exert; practice; employ actively; make anxious. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To train by use: to improve by practice: to afflict: to put in practice: to use. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To use; practice; train by practice. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To exert; train by practise. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To make anxious. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To exercise one's self, as under military training; to drill; to take exercise; to use action or exertion; to practice gymnastics; as, to exercise for health or amusement. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To undergo training. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To take exercise. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. do physical exercise; "She works out in the gym every day" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. To exert; to cause to act in any manner; to use; to use for improvement in skill; to perform the duties of; to discipline; to task; to employ; to busy; to afflict; to give anxiety to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To exert; to cause to act in any manner; to train by use; to discipline; to use exertion for amusement, health, or proficiency; to keep employed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; "you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; "academic exercises" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. The act or exercise of training soldiers in the military art, as in the manual of arms, in the execution of evolutions, and the like; hence, diligent and strict instruction and exercise in the rudiments and methods of any business; a kind or method of military exercises; as, infantry drill; battalion drill; artillery drill. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. The act of exercising; a setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use; habitual activity; occupation, in general; practice. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Exertion for the sake of training or improvement whether physical, intellectual, or moral; practice to acquire skill, knowledge, virtue, perfectness, grace, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Bodily exertion for the sake of keeping the organs and functions in a healthy state; hygienic activity; as, to take exercise on horseback. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. The performance of an office, a ceremony, or a religious duty. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. That which is done for the sake of exercising, practicing, training, or promoting skill, health, mental, improvement, moral discipline, etc.; that which is assigned or prescribed for such ends; hence, a disquisition; a lesson; a task; as, military or naval exercises; musical exercises; an exercise in composition. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. That which gives practice; a trial; a test. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Bodily exertion; activity; labor; practice; a lesson or example for practice; the ceremony ending a course in school. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. A putting in practice: exertion of the body for health or amusement: discipline: a lesson or task. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. use; practice; exertion; discipline; a lesson. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. Activity; practise; training. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. A putting in use or practice; exertion of the body for health, strength, or dexterity; performance; discipline; drill; a task appointed one to perform; act of divine worship; a lesson for practice; any composition calculated to improve the voice or fingers of the young practitioner. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. Any labour or exertion of the body to promote health or for amusement; any exertion, as in a profession, business, or employment; practice; application of the mind; a lesson or example for practice. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for exercise

  1. A gun went off by accident, and I and my friends have been taking a little exercise – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  2. The chief thing is that you exercise your mind and learn how to use it. – Carl and the Cotton Gin by Sara Ware Bassett
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