bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health: Walking is good exercise.
something done or performed as a means of practice or training: exercises for the piano.
a putting into action, use, operation, or effect: the exercise of caution.
a written composition, musical piece, or artistic work executed for practice or to illustrate a particular aspect of technique.
Often exercises. a traditional ceremony: graduation exercises.
a religious observance or service.
to put through exercises, or forms of practice or exertion, designed to train, develop, condition, or the like: to exercise a horse.
to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use: to exercise freedom of speech.
to use or display in one's action or procedure: to exercise judgment.
to make use of (one's privileges, powers, etc.): to exercise one's constitutional rights.
to discharge (a function); perform: to exercise the duties of one's office.
to have as an effect: to exercise an influence on someone.
to worry; make uneasy; annoy: to be much exercised about one's health.
to go through exercises; take bodily exercise.
- ex·er·cis·a·ble, adjective
- non·ex·er·cis·a·ble, adjective
- non·ex·er·cise, noun
- o·ver·ex·er·cise, verb, o·ver·ex·er·cised, o·ver·ex·er·cis·ing.
- post·ex·er·cise, adjective
- re·ex·er·cise, verb, re·ex·er·cised, re·ex·er·cis·ing.
- un·der·ex·er·cise, verb (used without object), un·der·ex·er·cised, un·der·ex·er·cis·ing.
- un·ex·er·cis·a·ble, adjective
- un·ex·er·cised, adjective
- well-ex·er·cised, adjective
- exercise , exorcise
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British Dictionary definitions for exercise
to put into use; employ: to exercise tact
(intr) to take exercise or perform exercises; exert one's muscles, etc, esp in order to keep fit
to practise using in order to develop or train: to exercise one's voice
to perform or make proper use of: to exercise one's rights
to bring to bear; exert: to exercise one's influence
(often passive) to occupy the attentions of, esp so as to worry or vex: to be exercised about a decision
military to carry out or cause to carry out, manoeuvres, simulated combat operations, etc
physical exertion, esp for the purpose of development, training, or keeping fit
mental or other activity or practice, esp in order to develop a skill
a set of movements, questions, tasks, etc, designed to train, improve, or test one's ability in a particular field: piano exercises
a performance or work of art done as practice or to demonstrate a technique
the performance of a function; discharge: the exercise of one's rights; the object of the exercise is to win
(sometimes plural) military a manoeuvre or simulated combat operation carried out for training and evaluation
(usually plural) US and Canadian a ceremony or formal routine, esp at a school or college: opening exercises; graduation exercises
gymnastics a particular type of event, such as performing on the horizontal bar
- exercisable, adjective
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