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exercise
American English: /ˈɛksərˌsaɪz/
British English: /ˈɛksəsʌɪz/

Translation of exercise in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 uncountable (physical) swimming is good exercise
    nadar es un buen ejercicio
    to take exercise
    hacer ejercicio
    you don't take much/any exercise
    no haces mucho/ningún ejercicio
    I play tennis for exercise
    juego al tenis para hacer ejercicio
    Example sentences
    • Sport enriches life's experience, physical exercise improves health, and in this country we need far more investment in both.
    • An hour's worth of prime time exercise greatly improves heart health.
    • She said swimming was an ideal form of exercise for improving health and helping people control their weight
  • 2 countable 2.1 (drill) to do an exercise
    hacer un ejercicio
    breathing/vocal exercises
    ejercicios respiratorios/vocales
    Example sentences
    • A severe fuel shortage has limited the country's ability to conduct military training exercises.
    • This is borne out by the results of research and experience in military training exercises.
    • They were sent to a Royal Marines training camp for military exercises to stimulate team spirit, foster leadership skills and sharpen their ability to make swift decisions.
    2.2 (School) (set of questions)
    Example sentences
    • This Is Only A Test Simulations and tabletop exercises help CSOs practice and plan the best response for worst-case scenarios.
    • If necessary, people should practise some eye protection exercises or use eyedrops if their eyes are tired, Yu said.
    • After a multitude of prolonged tests and diving exercises, he was put back on active duty.
    2.3 (Military)
    ejercicios (masculine plural)
    maniobras (feminine plural)
    to go on exercise(s)
    ir de maniobras
  • 3 countable (undertaking) a public relations/cost-cutting exercise
    una operación de relaciones públicas/recorte de gastos
    the object of the exercise is to reduce losses
    lo que se persigue con esto es reducir las pérdidas
    the whole point of the exercise is to show up the inadequacies of the system
    se trata precisamente de demostrar las fallas del sistema
  • 4 uncountable (use)
    (of rights, power) [formal]
    ejercicio (masculine)
    (of caution, patience) uso (masculine)
    in the exercise of his authority
    en el ejercicio de su autoridad
    Example sentences
    • His main burden seemed to be that in a just society there should be more room for the free exercise of religion in relation to higher learning.
    • The section is commonly described as involving the exercise of a discretion.
    • But that would be a matter for that Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction.
  • 5
    also: exercises plural
    (ceremony) (American English)
    Example sentences
    • He returned to the topic of education in an address he gave in various versions at graduation exercises in the 1860s.
    • When I finished high school, I didn't go to graduation exercises, I went straight to serve in the army.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (give exercise to)
    (body)
    ejercitar
    (dog)
    pasear
    (troops/recruits)
    (hacer) ejercitar
    Example sentences
    • Not everyone can or wants to spend time exercising their body.
    • I have to say it is indicative of a certain section of society who spend so much time exercising their bodies and so little their minds.
    • Beyond exercising his body, he has been working on his New York accent too for the show.
    Example sentences
    • You can always tell when somewhere suburban is pretty because it's full of people exercising their dogs and looking the other way when they foul the grass.
    • A Sunday newspaper reported that the incident happened in July when Anne, 52, and her husband were exercising the dog.
    • The attack occurred when the claimant was off duty and exercising the dog on the fields adjacent to his house.
    1.2 (preoccupy) [formal]
    (mind/conscience)
    preocupar
    inquietar
    to be much/greatly exercised by o about something [literary]
    estar muy/enormemente preocupado por algo
    Example sentences
    • But a recent flier suggests that the publisher might finally be a little exercised about the competition.
    • In his most recent works, the artist negotiates, afresh, the counterpoint between city and landscape, home and world, that has long exercised him.
    • If he was exercised about a threat, why not go meet it?
  • 2 2.1 (use)
    (power/control/right)
    ejercer
    (patience/tact)
    hacer uso de
    to exercise restraint
    obrar con moderación
    to exercise great care
    proceder con sumo cuidado
    the examiner will exercise his discretion in such cases
    tales casos quedan a criterio del examinador
    Example sentences
    • The banks stress they only exercise this right in extreme circumstances and would only take money from an account that was in credit.
    • The court is not exercising jurisdiction over the merits of the dispute.
    • In so doing, it is argued, he was properly exercising his discretion under subsection 4.
    2.2 (exert)
    (influence/action)
    ejercer

intransitive verb

  • hacer ejercicio
    ejercitarse

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