- 1Apply or bring to bear (a force, influence, or quality): the moon exerts a force on the Earth exerting influence over the next generationMore example sentences
- In addition, the amount of money available exerts a considerable influence on the number of securities in a portfolio.
- Nevertheless, the organization still exerts considerable influence.
- He soon came to exert considerable influence on surgical practice and hospital policy at Harrogate.
- 2 (exert oneself) Make a physical or mental effort: he needs to exert himself to try to find an answerMore example sentences
strive, try hard, make an/every effort, endeavor, do one's best, do one's utmost, give one's all, push oneself, drive oneself, work hard• informal go all out, pull out all the stops, bend/lean over backwards, do one's damnedest, do one's darnedest, move heaven and earth, bust one's chops
- Other than her walks to various news-stands and marketplaces, which she tried to limit, Lydia did not exert herself to physical exhaustion.
- They show up every day to sweat and exert themselves and strive to improve their skills and game play, when more than half of them are well aware that they will not even be sitting on the bench come this time next season.
- The doctor says that she should not be allowed to exert herself mentally and physically and she should not be allowed to witness tragic scenes.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'perform, practice'): from Latin exserere 'put forth', from ex- 'out' + serere 'bind'.