Definition of exert in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪgˈzəːt
, ɛg-/


  • 1 [with object] Apply or bring to bear (a force, influence, or quality): the moon exerts a force on the Earth how much control can he exert over his own life?
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    • 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.
    bring to bear, apply, bring into play, exercise, employ, use, make use of, utilize, deploy; wield; expend, spend


mid 17th century (in the sense 'perform, practise'): from Latin exserere 'put forth', from ex- 'out' + serere 'bind'.

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