Exert - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪɡˈzɜːrt|  American pronunciation of the word exert
Brit.  |ɪɡˈzəːt|  British pronunciation of the word exert

verb

- put to use(syn: exercise)

exert one's power or influence

- have and exercise (syn: maintain, wield)
- make a great effort at a mental or physical task

exert oneself

Examples

He had to exert all of his strength to move the stone.

He exerts a lot of influence on the other members of the committee.

the force exerted by the machine

They exerted considerable influence within the school.

Environmental groups are exerting pressure on the government to tighten pollution laws.

exert one's power or influence

The animal's jaws can exert a pressure of more than 750 pounds per square inch.

...a frothy comedy that wouldn't exert the brain of a gnat...

The more self-knowledge we have, the more control we can exert over our feelings and behaviour.

relatively small groups can sometimes exert immense political leverage

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: exert
he/she/it: exerts
present participle: exerting
past tense: exerted
past participle: exerted
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