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.

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

exertive, adjective
nonexertive, adjective
superexert, verb (used with object)
unexerted, adjective
well-exerted, adjective
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exert (ɪɡˈzɜːt)
1.  to use (influence, authority, etc) forcefully or effectively
2.  to apply (oneself) diligently; make a strenuous effort
[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 & History

1640s, from L. exertus, pp. of exerere "thrust out, put forth," from ex- "out" + serere "attach, join" (see series). Related: Exerted; exerting. Exertion in the sense of "vigorous action" is from 1777.
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Example sentences
These animals forage in the cooler temps of morning and afternoon to avoid
  exerting themselves in the debilitating midday heat.
What's more, self-talk might be a tool for exerting the will-or being willing.
Past studies have shown that exerting self-control may increase irritability
  and anger.
As a result, current-account imbalances are once again exerting a powerful
  influence over currencies.
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