- to put forth or into use, as power; exercise, as ability or influence; put into vigorous action: to exert every effort.
- to put (oneself) into strenuous, vigorous action or effort.
Origin of exert
1650–60; < Latin ex(s)ertus, past participle of exserere to thrust out, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ser(ere) to bind together + -tus past participle suffix
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Related Wordsexpend, wield, utilize, apply, exercise, strive, plug, use, dig, toil, work, ply, labor, employ, strain, struggle, push, endeavor, throw
Examples from the Web for exerts
And second, well, no, sorry—violence and death are not what you inevitably get when the United States exerts its influence.Why Liberals Should Back Iraq Intervention
August 11, 2014
Facebook exerts an inordinate amount of control over your life.Seven Hacks to Revolutionize Your Facebook Experience
September 24, 2013
First of all, it exerts a new level of hegemonic control over users' experiences.Facebook's Dilemma: Invade Privacy or Go Bust
May 24, 2012
The articles say Miscavige exerts such influence that “managers follow his orders, however bizarre, with lemming-like obedience.”Is Scientology's Wall Cracking?
June 28, 2009
For the world about us exerts a constant appeal to our senses.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
Now she exerts her power with an energy to which he believed her a stranger.The Young Duke
It exerts pressure, the impact of its moving units of energy—photons.The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
The resistance of the Gulf does not form the bars, though it exerts an influence.
He exerts his physical powers because such exertion is necessary for his subsistence.Popular Education
- to use (influence, authority, etc) forcefully or effectively
- to apply (oneself) diligently; make a strenuous effort
C17 (in the sense: push forth, emit): from Latin exserere to thrust out, from ex- 1 + serere to bind together, entwine
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Word Origin and History for exerts
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