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English definition of “exert”

exert

verb     /ɪɡˈzɜːt/
[T] to use something such as authority, power, influence, etc in order to make something happen: My parents exerted a lot of pressure on me to do well at school.Using and misusing
exert yourself to use a lot of physical or mental energy to do something: She was too sick to exert herself much.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of exert verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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