[ ek-ser-sahyz ]
/ ˈɛk sərˌsaɪz /
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verb (used with object), ex·er·cised, ex·er·cis·ing.

verb (used without object), ex·er·cised, ex·er·cis·ing.

to go through exercises; take bodily exercise.



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Origin of exercise

1300–50; Middle English (noun) <Middle French exercice<Latin exercitium, equivalent to exercit(us) past participle of exercēre to train (ex-ex-1 + -ercit-, stem of combining form of arcēre to restrain) + -ium noun suffix
2. Exercise, drill, practice refer to activities undertaken for training in some skill. Exercise is the most general term and may be either physical or mental: an exercise in arithmetic. Drill is disciplined repetition of set exercises, often performed in a group, directed by a leader: military drill. Practice is repeated or methodical exercise: Even great musicians require constant practice.
exercise , exorcise
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British Dictionary definitions for exercise

/ (ˈɛksəˌsaɪz) /

verb (mainly tr)


exercisable, adjective
C14: from Old French exercice, from Latin exercitium, from exercēre to drill, from ex- 1 + arcēre to ward off
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Medical definitions for exercise

[ ĕksər-sīz′ ]


Active bodily exertion performed to develop or maintain fitness.
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