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Definition of exert verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exert
    he / she / it exerts
    past simple exerted
    -ing form exerting
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  1. 1exert something to use power or influence to affect someone or something He exerted all his authority to make them accept the plan. The moon exerts a force on the earth that causes the tides.
  2. 2exert yourself to make a big physical or mental effort In order to be successful, he would have to exert himself.
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