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English definition of “exert”


verb [T] (MAKE AN EFFORT)   /ɪɡˈzɜrt/
to cause yourself to make an effort: She will have to exert herself a lot more if she wants to succeed in this business. exertion    /ɪɡˈzɜr·ʃən/ noun [C/U] [U] Physical exertion isn’t always a good thing in a hot climate.
(Definition of exert verb (MAKE AN EFFORT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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