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exertion

[ig-zur-shuh n]
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noun
  1. vigorous action or effort: physical and mental exertion.
  2. an effort: a great exertion to help others.
  3. exercise, as of power or faculties.
  4. an instance of this.

Origin of exertion

First recorded in 1660–70; exert + -ion
Related formsnon·ex·er·tion, nounself-ex·er·tion, nounsu·per·ex·er·tion, noun

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1. endeavor, struggle, attempt, activity, strain. See effort.
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n.

1660s, "act of exerting," from exert + -ion. Meaning "vigorous action or effort" is from 1777.

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