[ ig-zur-shuhn ]
/ ɪgˈzɜr ʃən /


vigorous action or effort: physical and mental exertion.
an effort: a great exertion to help others.
exercise, as of power or faculties.
an instance of this.

Nearby words

  1. exergonic,
  2. exergue,
  3. exert,
  4. exert oneself,
  5. exertainment,
  6. exeter,
  7. exeunt,
  8. exeunt omnes,
  9. exfiltrate,
  10. exfoliant

Origin of exertion

First recorded in 1660–70; exert + -ion

Related formsnon·ex·er·tion, nounself-ex·er·tion, nounsu·per·ex·er·tion, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for exertion

Word Origin and History for exertion



1660s, "act of exerting," from exert + -ion. Meaning "vigorous action or effort" is from 1777.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper