- Exert is defined as to put forth or into use with great energy.
An example of exert is to put lots of energy into exercising.
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- to put forth or use energetically; put into action or use: to exert strength, influence, etc.
- to apply (oneself) with great energy or straining effort
Origin: Classical Latin exsertare, frequentative of exserere, to stretch out, put forth ; from ex-, out plush serere, to join, fasten together: see series
- exertive adjective
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transitive verb ex·ert·ed, ex·ert·ing, ex·erts
- To put to use or effect; put forth: exerted all my strength to move the box.
- To bring to bear; exercise: exert influence.
- To put (oneself) to strenuous effort: exerted ourselves mightily to raise funds.
Origin: Latin exserere, exsert-, to put forth, stretch out : ex-, ex- + serere, to join; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.