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exert

[ig-zurt] /ɪgˈzɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put forth or into use, as power; exercise, as ability or influence; put into vigorous action:
to exert every effort.
2.
to put (oneself) into strenuous, vigorous action or effort.
Origin of exert
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin ex(s)ertus, past participle of exserere to thrust out, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ser(ere) to bind together + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
exertive, adjective
nonexertive, adjective
superexert, verb (used with object)
unexerted, adjective
well-exerted, adjective
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  • He sprang to the rock, and exerted his utmost strength to dislodge it.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Mrs. Roberts exerted herself to laugh with him, albeit she was horror-stricken.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • He exerted his will and called himself foolish, but in vain.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • And indeed had his speed been tenfold greater than it was, it had been exerted to no purpose.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The medium had exerted every spiritual faculty to receive the truth.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • All their faculties of persuasion shall be exerted in behalf of Najma.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for exerted

exert

/ɪɡˈzɜːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to use (influence, authority, etc) forcefully or effectively
2.
to apply (oneself) diligently; make a strenuous effort
Derived Forms
exertion, noun
exertive, adjective
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: push forth, emit): from Latin exserere to thrust out, from ex-1 + serere to bind together, entwine
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Word Origin and History for exerted

exert

v.

1660s, "thrust forth, push out," from Latin exertus/exsertus, past participle of exerere/exserere "thrust out, put forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + serere "attach, join" (see series). Meaning "put into use" is 1680s. Related: Exerted; exerting.

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