Synonyms of exert in English:
2 he had been exerting himself to make a good impression on her
make an effort, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out;
informal give it one's best shot, go all out, pull out all the stops, bend/lean over backwards, put one's back into it, knock oneself out, do one's damnedest, move heaven and earth, beaver away, slog away, keep one's nose to the grindstone, work one's socks off, break sweat
North American informal do one's darnedest/durnedest, bust one's chops
Australian informal go for the doctor
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