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English Dictionary: exercise by the DICT Development Group
4 results for exercise
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"
    Synonym(s): exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout
  2. the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
    Synonym(s): use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise
  3. systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"
    Synonym(s): exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitation
  4. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; "you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook"
    Synonym(s): exercise, example
  5. (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; "academic exercises"
  1. put to use; "exert one's power or influence" [syn: exert, exercise]
  2. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law"
    Synonym(s): practice, practise, exercise, do
  3. give a workout to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"; "this puzzle will exercise your mind"
    Synonym(s): exercise, work, work out
  4. do physical exercise; "She works out in the gym every day"
    Synonym(s): exercise, work out
  5. learn by repetition; "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"
    Synonym(s): drill, exercise, practice, practise
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Exercise \Ex"er*cise\, n. [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from
      exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to
      thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut
      up, inclose. See {Ark}.]
      1. The act of exercising; a setting in action or practicing;
            employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion;
            application; use; habitual activity; occupation, in
            general; practice.
                     exercise of the important function confided by the
                     constitution to the legislature.         --Jefferson.
                     O we will walk this world, Yoked in all exercise of
                     noble end.                                          --Tennyson.
      2. Exertion for the sake of training or improvement whether
            physical, intellectual, or moral; practice to acquire
            skill, knowledge, virtue, perfectness, grace, etc.
            [bd]Desire of knightly exercise.[b8] --Spenser.
                     An exercise of the eyes and memory.   --Locke.
      3. Bodily exertion for the sake of keeping the organs and
            functions in a healthy state; hygienic activity; as, to
            take exercise on horseback.
                     The wise for cure on exercise depend. --Dryden.
      4. The performance of an office, a ceremony, or a religious
                     Lewis refused even those of the church of England .
                     . . the public exercise of their religion.
                     To draw him from his holy exercise.   --Shak.
      5. That which is done for the sake of exercising, practicing,
            training, or promoting skill, health, mental, improvement,
            moral discipline, etc.; that which is assigned or
            prescribed for such ends; hence, a disquisition; a lesson;
            a task; as, military or naval exercises; musical
            exercises; an exercise in composition.
                     The clumsy exercises of the European tourney.
                     He seems to have taken a degree, and performed
                     public exercises in Cambridge, in 1565. --Brydges.
      6. That which gives practice; a trial; a test.
                     Patience is more oft the exercise Of saints, the
                     trial of their fortitude.                  --Milton.
      {Exercise bone} (Med.), a deposit of bony matter in the soft
            tissues, produced by pressure or exertion.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Exercise \Ex"er*cise\, v. i.
      To exercise one's self, as under military training; to drill;
      to take exercise; to use action or exertion; to practice
      gymnastics; as, to exercise for health or amusement.
               I wear my trusty sword, When I do exercise. --Cowper.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Exercise \Ex"er*cise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exercised}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Exercising}.]
      1. To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion;
            to give employment to; to put in action habitually or
            constantly; to school or train; to exert repeatedly; to
                     Herein do I Exercise myself, to have always a
                     conscience void of offence.               --Acts xxiv.
      2. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to
            practice in order to develop; hence, also, to improve by
            practice; to discipline, and to use or to for the purpose
            of training; as, to exercise arms; to exercise one's self
            in music; to exercise troops.
                     About him exercised heroic games The unarmed youth.
      3. To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax,
            especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to
            vex; to worry or make anxious; to affect; to discipline;
            as, exercised with pain.
                     Where pain of unextinguishable fire Must exercise us
                     without hope of end.                           --Milton.
      4. To put in practice; to carry out in action; to perform the
            duties of; to use; to employ; to practice; as, to exercise
            authority; to exercise an office.
                     I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness,
                     judgment, and righteousness in the earth. --Jer. ix.
                     The people of the land have used oppression and
                     exercised robbery.                              --Ezek. xxii.
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