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1activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness:exercise improves your heart and lung power loosening-up exercises a task or activity done to practice or test a skill:there are exercises at the end of each chapter to check comprehension a process or activity carried out for a specific purpose, especially one concerned with a specified area or skill:an exercise in public relations
) a military drill or training maneuver.
) North American ceremonies:graduation exercises
2the use or application of a faculty, right, or process:the free exercise of religion
verb [with object]
1use or apply (a faculty, right, or process):control is exercised by the Board anyone receiving a suspect package should exercise extreme caution 2 [no object] engage in physical activity to sustain or improve health and fitness; take exercise:she still exercised every day exert (part of the body) to promote or improve muscular strength:raise your knee to exercise the upper leg and hip muscles cause (an animal) to engage in exercise:she exercised her dogs before breakfast 3occupy the thoughts of; worry or perplex:the knowledge that a larger margin was possible still exercised him