ex|er|cise1 [ `eksər,saız ] noun ***
▸ 1 physical activity
▸ 2 learning activity
▸ 3 military activity
▸ 4 for particular purpose
▸ 5 use of power etc.
1. ) uncount physical activity done in order to stay healthy and make your body stronger:
Try to do 20 minutes of vigorous exercise every day.
get exercise: I get plenty of exercise being an aerobics instructor.
a ) count a physical action that you repeat several times in order to make a part of your body stronger or more healthy:
Roll over and repeat the exercise on the other leg.
deep-breathing exercises
b ) only before noun relating to exercise or used for exercise:
exercise equipment
a new exercise routine
2. ) count an activity or set of activities that you do in order to learn how to do something:
Have you done your piano exercises yet?
a drawing exercise
a ) a set of written questions that you answer in order to help you learn something:
Next I'd like you to do the exercises on page 10.
3. ) count usually plural activities that the military does in order to be prepared to fight in a war
4. ) singular FORMAL an action that has a particular plan, purpose, or result:
The object of the exercise is to get you to think independently.
Comparing prices can be a worthwhile exercise.
a cost-cutting exercise
exercise in: Good management is often an exercise in compromise.
5. ) uncount FORMAL the use of your power, rights, or skills:
public officials in the exercise of their duties
ex|er|cise 2 [ `eksər,saız ] verb ***
1. ) intransitive to do a physical activity such as walking, swimming, or running in order to stay healthy and make your body stronger:
Do you eat right and exercise regularly?
a ) transitive to move or use a particular part of your body in order to make it strong:
The doctor said I should exercise my knee every morning.
b ) transitive to allow an animal to walk or run so that it stays healthy:
Large dogs should be exercised every day.
2. ) transitive FORMAL to use your power, rights, or influence:
For centuries, the Church exercised almost unquestioned authority.
a ) to use a skill or personal quality, especially in order to avoid problems:
Caution must be exercised when operating this equipment.
3. ) transitive VERY FORMAL to worry someone or make them think hard about something:
They were greatly exercised by the prospect of losing their jobs.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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