- the act, fact, or process of exerting; active use of strength, power, etc.; exercise
- energetic activity; effort
Exercise is exertion.
- Doing an extremely hard crossword puzzle that taxes your brain is an example of mental exertion.
- When you exercise your authority and forbid someone from going to a party, this is an example of an exertion of your authority.
Exertion is defined as physical or mental effort, or to the use of force or influence.
The act or an instance of exerting, especially a strenuous effort.
- Adjectives often used with "exertion": physical, mental, etc.
- His face blazed red from exertion, his eyes glowing brightly.
- Talon's flush grew darker beneath the red of exertion on his face.
- Fatigue from physical exertion is a predisposing cause of heat-stroke, and constipation and alcoholic indulgence should be avoided.
- All inclination for exertion becomes gradually lost, business is neglected, and certain ruin to the smoker follows.
- With infinite exertion he succeeded in obtaining from government a promise of 20,000, and after four years spent in preparation, sailed in September 1728, accompanied by some friends and by his wife, daughter of Judge Forster, whom he had married in the preceding month.