- to put forth or into use, as power; exercise, as ability or influence; put into vigorous action: to exert every effort.
- to put (oneself) into strenuous, vigorous action or effort.
Origin of exert
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
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Educational practice shows a continual tendency to oscillate between two extremes with respect to overt and exertive activities.How We Think
- to use (influence, authority, etc) forcefully or effectively
- to apply (oneself) diligently; make a strenuous effort
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 exertive
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