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English definition of “exertion”

exertion

noun uk   /ɪɡˈzɜː.ʃən/ us    /-ˈzɝː-/

exertion noun (EFFORT)

[C or U] the use of a lot of mental or physical effort: I get out of breath with any kind of physical exertion. We were exhausted after our exertions.

exertion noun (USE)

[U] the use of something such as authority, power, influence, etc. in order to make something happen: the exertion of influence over who was appointed to the job
(Definition of exertion from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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