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exert

verb (MAKE AN EFFORT)    /ɪɡˈzɜːt/ US  /-ˈzɝːt/
exert yourself to make a mental or physical effort: I was too tired to exert myself.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of exert verb (MAKE AN EFFORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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