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English definition of “exert”

exert

verb [T] (USE)    /ɪɡˈzɜːt/ US  /-ˈzɝːt/
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.Using and misusing
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