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exercise

noun  us   /ˈek·sərˌsɑɪz/

exercise noun (HEALTHY ACTIVITY)

[C/U] (a) physical action performed to make or keep your body healthy: [U] You should get some exercise even when you’re pregnant. [C] I do five different exercises every morning to limber up.

exercise noun (PRACTICE)

[C] an action or actions intended to improve something or make something happen: The military exercises will involve several thousand soldiers. The whole thing was an exercise in futility (= actions that were useless). [C] An exercise can be written work that you do to practice something you are learning: The book has exercises at the end of every chapter.

exercise noun (USE)

[U] the use of something: The exercise of restraint in this situation may be difficult.

exercise

verb  us   /ˈek·sərˌsɑɪz/

exercise verb (DO HEALTHY ACTIVITY)

[I/T] to do physical activities to make or keep your body healthy: [I] She goes to the gym to exercise every evening.

exercise verb (USE)

[T] fml to use something: Always exercise caution when handling poisonous substances.
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