- exercice (obsolete; noun senses only)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛk.sə.saɪz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛk.sɚ.saɪz/
- Hyphenation: ex‧er‧cise
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- Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
- The teacher told us the next exercise is to write an essay.
- Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0108:
- This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. […] He was smooth-faced, and his fresh skin and well-developed figure bespoke the man in good physical condition through active exercise, yet well content with the world's apportionment.
- A setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use.
- The performance of an office, ceremony, or duty.
- (obsolete) That which gives practice; a trial; a test.
any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability
physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness
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- To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop.
- to exercise troops or horses; to exercise one's brain with a puzzle
- (intransitive) To perform physical activity for health or training.
- I exercise at the gym every day.
- (transitive) To use (a right, an option, etc.); to put into practice.
- The tenant exercised its option to renew the tenancy.
- She is going to exercise her right to vote.
- Bible, Ezekiel xxii. 29
- The people of the land have used oppression and exercised robbery.
- (now often in passive) To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax, especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to vex; to worry or make anxious.
- exercised with pain
- (obsolete) To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to.
- Bible, Acts xxiv. 16
- Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
- Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence.
- Bible, Acts xxiv. 16
to set into action
to perform activities to develop skills
to take action, enforce