- 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.
Origin of exertion
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1. endeavor, struggle, attempt, activity, strain. See effort.
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Examples from the Web for exertion
Such an exertion can range from bringing Muslims closer to the faith to fostering social cohesion.How U.S. Strikes on Syria Help al Qaeda
August 28, 2013
He turned faint after the least exertion and had to leave off going to Mr. Hichens.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Belinda's prudence seemed to increase with the necessity for its exertion.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
The violence of the exertion cast the young Mohican at his side.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
You may readily trust, my dear Sir, that any exertion in my power is heartily at your service.The Letters of Robert Burns
She was weary—weary from exertion and disappointment and foreboding.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Word Origin and History for exertion
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