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exert


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Exert  \Ex*ert"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Exerted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Exerting}.]  [L.  exertus  exsertus  p.  p.  of  exerere 
  exserere  to  thrust  out  ex  out  +  serere  to  join  or  bind 
  together.  See  {Series},  and  cf  {Exsert}.] 
  1.  To  thrust  forth;  to  emit;  to  push  out  [Obs.] 
 
  So  from  the  seas  exerts  his  radiant  head  The  star  by 
  whom  the  lights  of  heaven  are  led.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  put  force,  ability,  or  anything  of  the  nature  of  an 
  active  faculty;  to  put  in  vigorous  action  to  bring  into 
  active  operation;  as  to  exert  the  strength  of  the  body, 
  limbs,  faculties,  or  imagination;  to  exert  the  mind  or  the 
  voice. 
 
  3.  To  put  forth,  as  the  result  or  exercise  of  effort;  to 
  bring  to  bear;  to  do  or  perform. 
 
  When  we  will  has  exerted  an  act  of  command  on  any 
  faculty  of  the  soul  or  member  of  the  body.  --South. 
 
  {To  exert  one's  self},  to  use  efforts  or  endeavors;  to 
  strive;  to  make  an  attempt. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  exert 
  v  1:  put  to  use  "exert  one's  power  or  influence"  [syn:  {exercise}] 
  2:  of  power  or  authority  [syn:  {wield},  {maintain}] 
  3:  make  a  great  effort  at  a  mental  or  physical  task;  "exert 
  oneself" 




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