V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to apply influence, power, or authority in order to effect situation; 2. to make a great physical or mental effort

Synonyms: influence, beckon, entice, induce, exercise, maintain, wield, endeavor, ply, strain, strive, employ, tire


Tips: The related word exertion is the act or instance of effort. To exert oneself is to force the use of energy to exercise effort.

Usage Examples:

Foster parents are supposed to exert parental control over the foster children in their care. (wield, exercise)

Upon finally winning the four-hour tennis match, Greg feel down from physical exertion. (exhaustion, strain) noun

I am not afraid to exert my authority if a subordinate isn't following my plan. (use, expense)

I had to exert all of my energy to finish the marathon. (use, expense)

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