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One entry found for exert.
Main Entry: ex·ert
Pronunciation: ig-'z&rt
Function: 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>