verb (used with object)
- exert oneself,
Origin of exert
Examples from the Web for exert
His self-doubt prompts him to exert more control and project bitterness.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But these brand-new technologies also allow fertile women to exert extraordinary control in creating their families.
Younger judges can exert their influence for decades, and can even be candidates for later Supreme Court vacancies.Obama’s Shocking Success on Judgeships Overturns Conventional Wisdom|David Fontana|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then it meant that I knew the power that I, as Eric, could exert over him—even in the few first moments when I speak to him.The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’|Richard Porton|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Together, they could exert massive pressure on the government to get jobs for all.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.|Alex Haley|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Exert yourself to the utmost—expend all the force that is within you—do your best—do your worst.Nuggets of the New Thought|William Walker Atkinson,
He may not exert much influence in the learned or the artistic world, but he is certainly a social and a political force.The Unpopular Review, Number 19|Various
There is a positive necessity for me to exert myself now, but first I have some examinations to make.Miriam Monfort|Catherine A. Warfield
She said she had tried to exert herself, and so, I have no doubt, she had.David Copperfield|Charles Dickens
I clutched him by the arm so tightly that he winced under it and had to exert his strength to throw me off.Pharos, The Egyptian|Guy Newell Boothby
Word Origin for exert
1660s, "thrust forth, push out," from Latin exertus/exsertus, past participle of exerere/exserere "thrust out, put forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + serere "attach, join" (see series). Meaning "put into use" is 1680s. Related: Exerted; exerting.