Definition of “exert” - English Dictionary

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exertverb [ T ]

us /ɪɡˈzɜrt/

exert verb [ T ] (USE)

to use power or the ability to make something happen:

To cut costs, health-insurance plans are exerting tighter control over paying for medical care.

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 hot climate.

(Definition of “exert” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)