exert Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “exert” in the English Dictionary

"exert" in British English

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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 ​changetheirdecision. Some ​managers exert ​considerable pressure ontheirstaff to ​workextrahours without being ​paid.

exert verb (MAKE AN EFFORT)

exert yourself to make a ​mental or ​physicaleffort: I was too ​tired to exert myself.
(Definition of exert from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exert" in American English

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exertverb [T]

 us   /ɪɡˈzɜrt/

exert verb [T] (USE)

to use ​power or the ​ability to make something ​happen: To ​cutcosts, health-insurance ​plans are exerting ​tightercontrol over ​paying for ​medicalcare.

exert verb [T] (MAKE AN EFFORT)

to ​cause yourself to make an ​effort: She will have to exert herself a lot more if she ​wants to ​succeed in this ​business.
noun [C/U]  us   /ɪɡˈzɜr·ʃən/
[U] Physical exertion isn’t always a good thing in a ​hotclimate.
(Definition of exert from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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