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Definition of exert verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    exert

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɜːrt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exert
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɜːrt//
     
    he / she / it exerts
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɜːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɜːrts//
     
    past simple exerted
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɜːrtɪd//
     
    past participle exerted
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɜːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form exerting
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɜːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɜːrtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1exert something to use power or influence to affect somebody/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.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘perform, practise’): from Latin exserere ‘put forth’, from ex- ‘out’ + serere ‘bind’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exert