Origin: 1300–50; Middle English Related forms
(noun) < Middle French exercice
< Latin exercitium,
equivalent to exercit
) past participle of exercēre
to train (ex- ex-1
stem of combining form of arcēre
to restrain) + -ium
o·ver·ex·er·cise, verb, o·ver·ex·er·cised, o·ver·ex·er·cis·ing.
re·ex·er·cise, verb, re·ex·er·cised, re·ex·er·cis·ing.
un·der·ex·er·cise, verb (used without object), un·der·ex·er·cised, un·der·ex·er·cis·ing.
Can be confused: exercise, exorcise
(see synonym study at the current entry).
1. activity; calisthenics, gymnastics. 2. Exercise, drill, practice refer to activities undertaken for training in some skill. Exercise is the most general term and may be either physical or mental: an exercise in arithmetic. Drill is disciplined repetition of set exercises, often performed in a group, directed by a leader: military drill. Practice is repeated or methodical exercise: Even great musicians require constant practice. 3. employment, application, practice, performance. 6. ritual. 7. discipline, drill, school. 9. employ, apply, exert, practice. 13. try, trouble.