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[ig-zurt] /ɪgˈzɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to put forth or into use, as power; exercise, as ability or influence; put into vigorous action:
to exert every effort.
to put (oneself) into strenuous, vigorous action or effort.
Origin of exert
1650-60; < Latin ex(s)ertus, past participle of exserere to thrust out, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ser(ere) to bind together + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
exertive, adjective
nonexertive, adjective
superexert, verb (used with object)
unexerted, adjective
well-exerted, adjective Unabridged
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  • The demonic influence exerted over another human is tragic.
  • The mind must be quickened, the body exerted, the whole made taut and tense.
  • Pressure in rocks and exerted on fluids including gas comes from the huge weight of the rocks piled above it.
  • Examining the geometry of fault zones offers clues to the level and the direction of the stress exerted on the rock.
  • The way levers work is by multiplying the effort exerted by the user.
  • Those oscillations exerted pressure onto the tympanic membrane in your ears.
  • The pull exerted upward by one's hands is precisely equal to the pull exerted downward by one's feet.
  • It has steadily exerted an influence upon all around it favorable to its own continuance.
  • He exerted that influence thanks not to his ideas but almost entirely to his beguiling style, at once rollicking and astringent.
  • But they took far fewer precautions than parents today, and exerted far fewer controls over kids' behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for exerted


verb (transitive)
to use (influence, authority, etc) forcefully or effectively
to apply (oneself) diligently; make a strenuous effort
Derived Forms
exertion, noun
exertive, adjective
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: push forth, emit): from Latin exserere to thrust out, from ex-1 + serere to bind together, entwine
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Word Origin and History for exerted



1660s, "thrust forth, push out," from Latin exertus/exsertus, past participle of exerere/exserere "thrust out, put forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + serere "attach, join" (see series). Meaning "put into use" is 1680s. Related: Exerted; exerting.

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