Exercise - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeksərsaɪz|  American pronunciation of the word exercise
Brit.  |ˈeksəsaɪz|  British pronunciation of the word exercise


- the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit (syn: workout)
the doctor recommended regular exercise
- the act of using (syn: employment, usage, use, utilization)
- systematic training by multiple repetitions (syn: drill, practice, recitation)
- a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding (syn: example)
- (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches
academic exercises
- an action, often used negatively and without consequences
an exercise in futility
an exercise in cheap talk


- put to use (syn: exert)
- carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions (syn: do, practice, practise)
- give a workout to (syn: work, work out)
Some parents exercise their infants
this puzzle will exercise your mind
- do physical exercise (syn: work out)
- learn by repetition (syn: drill, practice, practise)

Extra examples

Get plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Swimming is my favorite kind of exercise.

She did stretching exercises before her daily run.

Do the writing exercise at the end of each chapter.

The negotiations have gotten nowhere, and I see no reason to continue with this pointless exercise.

It's important to exercise every day.

He eats right and exercises regularly.

Bicycle riding exercises the leg muscles.

The stable boys exercise the horses every morning.

He didn't exercise good judgment.

We just need to exercise common sense.

She has been reluctant to exercise her authority.

Exercise caution when using these chemicals.

Leadership does not rest on the exercise of force alone.

They are merely exercising their right to free speech.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: exercise
he/she/it: exercises
present participle: exercising
past tense: exercised
past participle: exercised
singular: exercise
plural: exercises
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