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English definition of “exercise”

exercise

verb [T] (USE)    /ˈek.sə.saɪz/ US  /-sɚ-/ formal
C2 to use something: I exercised my democratic right by not voting in the election. Always exercise caution when handling radioactive substances. We've decided to exercise the option (= use the part of a legal agreement) to buy the house we now lease.Using and misusing
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