verb (used with object), ex·er·cised, ex·er·cis·ing.
verb (used without object), ex·er·cised, ex·er·cis·ing.
Origin of exercise
Synonyms for exercise
Antonyms for exercise
Examples from the Web for exercise
Any plans to grow her exercise movement must, she insists, remain “completely organic.”How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A lot of people ring in the New Year with vows to lose weight and exercise.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Give about two [hours] every day to exercise,” Jefferson instructed his young nephew.
In Japan, one woman said she liked the experience of marrying herself as an exercise in pampering.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement|Tim Teeman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As I forced my exhausted body to exercise, I yelled at my legs like a drill sergeant, demanding five more minutes or one more set.
In the exercise of this function every conscientious member is obliged continually to vote money for purposes which he dislikes.The Map of Life|William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Even in the days of abundant game the hunter was required to exercise much skill, patience, and endurance.Daniel Boone|Reuben Gold Thwaites
And there is no way in which it can show so much impartiality, and exercise practically the most essential conception of freedom.Humanity in the City|E. H. Chapin
They have been suffering with the Trojan warriors all day, and I know they must have exercise.The Golden Bird|Maria Thompson Daviess
She insisted that she wanted some exercise after the trip on the cars.Polly's Senior Year at Boarding School|Dorothy Whitehill
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for exercise
mid-14c., "condition of being in active operation; practice for the sake of training," from Old French exercice (13c.) "exercise, execution of power; physical or spiritual exercise," from Latin exercitium "training, exercise," from exercitare, frequentative of exercere "keep busy, drive on," literally "remove restraint," from ex- "off" (see ex-) + arcere "keep away, prevent, enclose," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane).
Original sense may have been driving farm animals to the field to plow. Meaning "physical activity" first recorded in English late 14c.; in reference to written schoolwork from early 17c. The ending was abstracted for formations such as dancercise (1967); jazzercise (1977); and boxercise (1985).
late 14c., "to employ, put into active use," from exercise (n.); originally "to make use of;" also in regard to mental and spiritual training; sense of "engage in physical activity" is from 1650s. Related: Exercised; exercises; exercising.