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exercise (plural exercises)
- Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
- The teacher told us the next exercise is to write an essay.
- desire of knightly exercise
- John Locke
- an exercise of the eyes and memory
- Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness.
- A setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use.
- exercise of the important function confided by the constitution to the legislature
- O we will walk this world, / Yoked in all exercise of noble end.
- The performance of an office, ceremony, or duty.
- Lewis refused even those of the church of England […] the public exercise of their religion.
- to draw him from his holy exercise
- (obsolete) That which gives practice; a trial; a test.
- Patience is more oft the exercise / Of saints, the trial of their fortitude.
any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability
physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness
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- To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop.
- to exercise troops or horses; to exercise one's brain with a puzzle
- To perform physical activity for health or training.
- I exercise at the gym every day.
- To use (a right, an option, etc.); to put into practice.
- The tenant exercised its option to renew the tenancy.
- She is going to exercise her right to vote.
- Bible, Ezekiel xxii. 29
- The people of the land have used oppression and exercised robbery.
- (obsolete) To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to.
- Bible, Acts xxiv. 16
- Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence.
- Bible, Acts xxiv. 16
- (obsolete) To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax, especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to vex; to worry or make anxious.
- exercised with pain
- Where pain of unextinguishable fire / Must exercise us without hope of end.
to set into action
to perform activities to develop skills
to take action, enforce