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I UK [ˈeksə(r)saɪz] / US [ˈeksərˌsaɪz] noun
Word forms "exercise":
singular exercise plural exercises
1) [uncountable] physical activity done in order to stay healthy and make your body stronger

Try to do 20 minutes of vigorous exercise every day.

get exercise:

I get plenty of exercise being an aerobics instructor.

take/do exercise:

You should take more exercise.

a) [countable] a physical action that you repeat several times in order to make a part of your body stronger or more healthy

Roll over and repeat the exercise on the other leg.

deep-breathing exercises

b) [only before noun] relating to exercise, or used for exercise

exercise equipment

a new exercise routine

a) [countable] an activity or set of activities that you do in order to learn how to do something

Have you done your piano exercises yet?

a drawing exercise

b) a set of written questions that you answer in order to help you to learn something

Next I'd like you to do the exercises on page 10.

3) [countable, usually plural] a set of activities that the armed forces do in order to be prepared to fight in a war
4) [singular] formal an action that has a particular plan, purpose, or result

The object of the exercise is to get you to think independently.

Comparing prices can be a worthwhile exercise.

a cost-cutting exercise

exercise in:

Good management is often an exercise in compromise.

5) [uncountable] formal the use of your power, rights, or skills

public officials in the exercise of their duties

II UK [ˈeksə(r)saɪz] / US [ˈeksərˌsaɪz] verb
Word forms "exercise":
present tense I/you/we/they exercise he/she/it exercises present participle exercising past tense exercised past participle exercised
1) [intransitive] to do a physical activity such as walking, swimming, or running in order to stay healthy and make your body stronger

Do you eat properly and exercise regularly?

a) [transitive] to move or use a particular part of your body in order to make it strong

The doctor said I should exercise my knee every morning.

b) [transitive] to allow an animal to walk or run so that it stays healthy

Large dogs should be exercised every day.

2) [transitive] formal to use your power or rights

For centuries, the Church exercised almost unquestioned authority over people's lives.

Nouns frequently used as objects of exercise
▪  authority, control, influence, jurisdiction, power, prerogative, right, veto
3) [transitive] to use a skill or personal quality, especially in order to avoid problems

Caution must be exercised when operating this equipment.

Nouns frequently used as objects of exercise
▪  caution, discretion, judgment, responsibility, restraint, self-restraint, vigilance
4) [transitive] very formal to worry someone, or to make them think hard about something

They were greatly exercised by the prospect of losing their jobs.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • exercise — ex·er·cise 1 / ek sər ˌsīz/ n 1: the discharge of an official function or professional occupation 2: the act or an instance of carrying out the terms of an agreement (as an option) exercise 2 vt cised, cis·ing 1: to make effective in action …   Law dictionary

  • Exercise — Ex er*cise, n. [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See {Ark}.] 1. The act of exercising; a setting in action or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Exercise — Ex er*cise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exercised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exercising}.] 1. To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to; to put in action habitually or constantly; to school or train; to exert repeatedly;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Exercise — Ex er*cise, v. i. To exercise one s self, as under military training; to drill; to take exercise; to use action or exertion; to practice gymnastics; as, to exercise for health or amusement. [1913 Webster] I wear my trusty sword, When I do… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exercise — [n1] work, effort act, action, activity, calisthenics, constitutional*, daily dozen*, discharge, discipline, drill, drilling, examination, exercising, exertion, gym, labor, lesson, movement, occupation, operation, performance, problem, pursuit,… …   New thesaurus

  • exercise — [ek′sər sīz΄] n. [ME & OFr exercice < L exercitium < pp. of exercere, to drive out (farm animals to work), hence drill, exercise < ex , out + arcere, to enclose < IE base * areq , to protect, enclose > Gr arkein] 1. active use or… …   English World dictionary

  • exercise — ► NOUN 1) activity requiring physical effort carried out for the sake of health and fitness. 2) a task set to practise or test a skill. 3) an activity carried out for a specific purpose: a public relations exercise. 4) (exercises) military drills …   English terms dictionary

  • exercise — n practice, drill (see under PRACTICE vb) Analogous words: *action, act, deed: using or use, employment, utilization, application (see corresponding verbs at USE): operation, functioning, behavior (see corresponding verbs at ACT) exercise vb… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • exercise — both as a noun and a verb, is spelt ise, not ize, and has only one c …   Modern English usage

  • exercise — exercisable, adj. /ek seuhr suyz /, n., v., exercised, exercising. n. 1. bodily or mental exertion, esp. for the sake of training or improvement of health: Walking is good exercise. 2. something done or performed as a means of practice or… …   Universalium

  • exercise — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 use of the body to keep healthy ADJECTIVE ▪ good, healthy ▪ hard, heavy, high intensity (esp. AmE), intense, strenuous, vigorous …   Collocations dictionary

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