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[ig-zur-shuh n] /ɪgˈzɜr ʃən/
vigorous action or effort:
physical and mental exertion.
an effort:
a great exertion to help others.
exercise, as of power or faculties.
an instance of this.
Origin of exertion
First recorded in 1660-70; exert + -ion
Related forms
nonexertion, noun
self-exertion, noun
superexertion, noun
1. endeavor, struggle, attempt, activity, strain. See effort. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Or that out of the exertion and the pain would come awareness.

    The Plotters Alexander Blade
  • Your love of our people and of me, my brother, will rouse you to exertion and self-denial.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • In the wretched state of my nerves, exertion of any kind is unspeakably disagreeable to me.

    The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • His dark face was purple-brown with the exertion of stooping as he rose up.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • At last, sweating and trembling with exertion, they got clear of the worst of the snow and stood upon the edge of the trail.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • He was out of breath, apparently from excitement rather than exertion.

  • A chivalrous action, an exertion of noble self-denial, seemed to be all that was left to me, all that I was fit for.

    The Law and the Lady Wilkie Collins
  • Under the bidding of the liquor the faintness from the exertion and reaction was leaving me.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • After considerable delay and exertion she was got off again.

Word Origin and History for exertion

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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