Exert Definition

exerted, exerting, exerts
exerted, exerting, exerts
To put forth or use energetically; put into action or use.
To exert strength, influence, etc.
Webster's New World
To bring to bear; exercise.
Exert influence.
American Heritage
To apply (oneself) with great energy or straining effort.
Webster's New World

To make use of, to apply, especially of something non-material.

He considered exerting his influence on John to gain an advantage for himself.

Origin of Exert

  • Latin exserere exsert- to put forth, stretch out ex- ex- serere to join ser-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin exsertus, past participle of exsero.

    From Wiktionary

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