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[ig-zur-shuh n] /ɪgˈzɜr ʃən/
vigorous action or effort:
physical and mental exertion.
an effort:
a great exertion to help others.
exercise, as of power or faculties.
an instance of this.
Origin of exertion
1660-70; exert + -ion
Related forms
nonexertion, noun
self-exertion, noun
superexertion, noun
1. endeavor, struggle, attempt, activity, strain. See effort. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In this hour of reckoning, thin air and night silence fuse with exertion, exhilaration and lack of sleep.
  • The job didn't require a lot of mental exertion, but I was on my feet a lot.
  • Despite the workout your thumbs get, I didn't think playing video games involved much physical exertion.
  • Each volunteer's heart function was measured before exercise and at peak exertion on a treadmill.
  • Light warm-up exercises limber up muscles; they also get the heart and lungs ready to sustain exertion.
  • Physical exertion is also a very good thing for working out a lousy mood.
  • Technically, the horses would produce somewhat more carbon dioxide because of the increased exertion and stress.
  • Think about how much less exertion computers require than old fashioned typewriters or pen & ink.
  • He says he sees his exertion as a lesson in accomplishment and motivation.
  • It required considerable exertion on my part, when standing directly over it, to lift it from the ground.
Word Origin and History for exertion

1660s, "act of exerting," from exert + -ion. Meaning "vigorous action or effort" is from 1777.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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