/ˈɛksəsaɪz / (say 'eksuhsuyz)

1. bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement.
2. something done or performed as a means of practice or training, to improve a specific skill or to acquire competence in a particular field: exercises in French grammar; exercises for the piano.
3. a putting into action, use, operation, or effect: the exercise of caution; the exercise of care; the exercise of willpower.
4. a composition or work of art executed for practice or to illustrate a specific technical point.
5. a literary, artistic, or musical performance of technical rather than aesthetic value.
6. a written school task.
7. (plural) military drill or manoeuvres.
8. (often plural) US a ceremony; formal proceeding.
9. a religious observance or act of worship.
10. an academic disputation.
verb (exercised, exercising)
verb (t)
11. to put through exercises, or forms of practice or exertion, designed to train, develop, condition, etc.: to exercise troops; to exercise a horse; to exercise the voice.
12. to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use: to exercise one's strength; to exercise one's constitutional rights.
13. to use or display in one's action or procedure: to exercise caution, patience, judgement.
14. to make use of (one's privileges, powers, etc.): to exercise one's authority.
15. to discharge (a function); perform: to exercise the duties of one's office.
16. to have as an effect: to exercise an influence on someone.
17. to worry; make uneasy; annoy: to be much exercised about one's health.
verb (i)
18. to go through exercises; take bodily exercise.
{Middle English exercise, from Old French, from Latin exercitium}
exercisable, adjective
exerciser, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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