Put oneself to strenuous effort, as in We exerted ourselves mightily to raise funds. [First half of 1700s]
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The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps there is something too painful about throwing oneself too deep into what went wrong.
When one plays life that way, one in a way awakes creative vital energies in oneself that otherwise are not available.
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
How many details are needed, after all, before one can say to oneself, “This is what I have lost?”
Liszt himself doesn't play the chords as well as Gurickx;—perhaps because he does not care now to exert the strength.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The habit of refreshing oneself with a pipe on some elevated spot which commands a fine view, is common to both sexes.
To suddenly discover oneself proficient where failure had been feared increases self esteem and adds to the sum of happiness.
His work is destined to exert considerable influence upon the art.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
Margaret tried to talk of other things, but was in too much discomfort to exert herself enough to divert his attention.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge