- bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health: Walking is good exercise.
- something done or performed as a means of practice or training: exercises for the piano.
- a putting into action, use, operation, or effect: the exercise of caution.
- a written composition, musical piece, or artistic work executed for practice or to illustrate a particular aspect of technique.
- Often exercises. a traditional ceremony: graduation exercises.
- a religious observance or service.
- to put through exercises, or forms of practice or exertion, designed to train, develop, condition, or the like: to exercise a horse.
- to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use: to exercise freedom of speech.
- to use or display in one's action or procedure: to exercise judgment.
- to make use of (one's privileges, powers, etc.): to exercise one's constitutional rights.
- to discharge (a function); perform: to exercise the duties of one's office.
- to have as an effect: to exercise an influence on someone.
- to worry; make uneasy; annoy: to be much exercised about one's health.
- to go through exercises; take bodily exercise.
Origin of exercise
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Examples from the Web for exercised
Blair never made the mistake of underestimating Brooks, and his own considerable powers of ingratiation were exercised on her.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
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Distasteful those ads might be, but restrictions on political speech should be exercised with great deliberation and caution.Is Big Money Politics an Overblown Evil?
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“Tom Coburn has exercised a lot more influence on the race than anyone has actually realized,” Shapard said.Tea Party Darling T.W. Shannon Crashes to Oklahoma Senate Primary Defeat
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But big brains were exercised in how the stars were produced, directed, scripted, and managed.Welcome to Showbiz Sharia Law
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The political world and her most fervent fans may be exercised about a presidential bid.Don’t Run for President, Hillary. Become a ‘Post-President’ Instead
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It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it.
(a) Why should care be exercised in the selection of foods to be canned?
What care should be exercised in the use of colorings in candy?
Care should be exercised in their baking to prevent them from burning.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
(b) How can economy be exercised in the use of butter in cooking?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- to put into use; employto exercise tact
- (intr) to take exercise or perform exercises; exert one's muscles, etc, esp in order to keep fit
- to practise using in order to develop or trainto exercise one's voice
- to perform or make proper use ofto exercise one's rights
- to bring to bear; exertto exercise one's influence
- (often passive) to occupy the attentions of, esp so as to worry or vexto be exercised about a decision
- military to carry out or cause to carry out, manoeuvres, simulated combat operations, etc
- physical exertion, esp for the purpose of development, training, or keeping fit
- mental or other activity or practice, esp in order to develop a skill
- a set of movements, questions, tasks, etc, designed to train, improve, or test one's ability in a particular fieldpiano exercises
- a performance or work of art done as practice or to demonstrate a technique
- the performance of a function; dischargethe exercise of one's rights; the object of the exercise is to win
- (sometimes plural) military a manoeuvre or simulated combat operation carried out for training and evaluation
- (usually plural) US and Canadian a ceremony or formal routine, esp at a school or collegeopening exercises; graduation exercises
- gymnastics a particular type of event, such as performing on the horizontal bar
Word Origin and History for exercised
mid-14c., "condition of being in active operation; practice for the sake of training," from Old French exercice (13c.) "exercise, execution of power; physical or spiritual exercise," from Latin exercitium "training, exercise," from exercitare, frequentative of exercere "keep busy, drive on," literally "remove restraint," from ex- "off" (see ex-) + arcere "keep away, prevent, enclose," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane).
Original sense may have been driving farm animals to the field to plow. Meaning "physical activity" first recorded in English late 14c.; in reference to written schoolwork from early 17c. The ending was abstracted for formations such as dancercise (1967); jazzercise (1977); and boxercise (1985).
late 14c., "to employ, put into active use," from exercise (n.); originally "to make use of;" also in regard to mental and spiritual training; sense of "engage in physical activity" is from 1650s. Related: Exercised; exercises; exercising.
- Active bodily exertion performed to develop or maintain fitness.