AskDefine | Define exert

Dictionary Definition



1 put to use; "exert one's power or influence" [syn: exercise]
2 of power or authority [syn: wield, maintain]
3 make a great effort at a mental or physical task; "exert oneself"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to put in vigorous action
    I exerted myself in today's training.
  2. to make use of, to apply, especially of something non-material
    He considered exerting his influence on John to gain an advantage for himself.


to put in vigorous action
  • Dutch: inspannen
  • German: anstrengen
  • Portuguese: esforçar
to make use of
  • Dutch: uitoefenen
  • German: ausüben
  • Portuguese: aplicar

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

apply, attempt, bring into play, bring to bear, bust a gut, do with, employ, endeavor, exercise, expend, go all out, handle, make an effort, make use of, manage, manipulate, operate, play, ply, practice, push, put forth, put out, strain, strive, struggle, throw, toil, try, use, utilize, wield, work
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