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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. 2018.
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  • He turned faint after the least exertion and had to leave off going to Mr. Hichens.

  • Belinda's prudence seemed to increase with the necessity for its exertion.

  • The violence of the exertion cast the young Mohican at his side.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • You may readily trust, my dear Sir, that any exertion in my power is heartily at your service.

  • She was weary—weary from exertion and disappointment and foreboding.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • They think what they have much larger than it really is; and they make no exertion.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • The people knew the necessity for exertion, and they worked accordingly.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • Nor does what they utter, so much seem to be singing as the voice and exertion of valour.

  • We cannot by any effort of thought or exertion of faith be in and out of our own minds at the same instant.

    Parmenides Plato
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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