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
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 9, 2015
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
January 8, 2015
“Give about two [hours] every day to exercise,” Jefferson instructed his young nephew.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
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
December 30, 2014
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.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of exercise
I had to walk as fast as I could, and exercise my limbs all I could, in order to keep warm.Biography of a Slave
I have a mile's drive up town to take, and I think the exercise might be good for you.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Her comely face was slightly flushed, doubtless with the exercise of walking.In the Midst of Alarms
It was very certain that the exercise he was giving his brain must be beneficial.Her Father's Daughter
Because you aren't young is all the more reason you need the exercise.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
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.