Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “exercise”

See all translations

exercise

noun
 
 
/ˈeksəsaɪz/
[C or U] physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy: do/take exercise The office has a gym for those who like to do exercise in their lunch hour. There are many types of equipment out there in the exercise market. exercise equipment/machines
[C] an action or actions intended to improve something or make something happen: 10,000 scientists and businessmen took part in an exercise to identify technology trends. The outing was arranged by the firm as part of a team-building exercise. a cost-cutting exercise a brainstorming exercise
[U] formal the use of something such as a right, choice, or power: The document sets out guidelines on the exercise of voting rights.
[U] formal the act of doing a particular job: Many journalists have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
the exercise of an option FINANCE the act of buying or selling the shares, etc. that are mentioned in an options contract (= an agreement giving the right to buy and sell shares in the future): Shares will be transferred within 28 days of the exercise of an option.
(Definition of exercise noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of exercise?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Business English definitions for “exercise”

Definitions of “exercise” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More