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exert

verb uk   /ɪɡˈzɜːt/ us    /-ˈzɝːt/

exert verb (USE)

[T] to use something such as authority, power, influence, etc. in order to make something happen: If you were to exert your influence they might change their decision. Some managers exert considerable pressure on their staff to work extra hours without being paid.

exert verb (MAKE AN EFFORT)

exert yourself to make a mental or physical effort: I was too tired to exert myself.
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