Definitions of exercise

  1. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; " practice law"
  2. the act of using; " he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; " skilled in the utilization of computers"
  3. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; " you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook"
  4. ( usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; " academic exercises"
  5. do physical exercise; " She works out in the gym every day"
  6. give a work- out to; " Some parents exercise their infants"; " My personal trainer works me hard"; " work one's muscles"
  7. put to use; " exert one's power or influence"
  8. The act or exercise of training soldiers in the military art, as in the manual of arms, in the execution of evolutions, and the like; hence, diligent and strict instruction and exercise in the rudiments and methods of any business; a kind or method of military exercises; as, infantry drill; battalion drill; artillery drill.
  9. The act of exercising; a setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use; habitual activity; occupation, in general; practice.
  10. Exertion for the sake of training or improvement whether physical, intellectual, or moral; practice to acquire skill, knowledge, virtue, perfectness, grace, etc.
  11. Bodily exertion for the sake of keeping the organs and functions in a healthy state; hygienic activity; as, to take exercise on horseback.
  12. The performance of an office, a ceremony, or a religious duty.
  13. That which is done for the sake of exercising, practicing, training, or promoting skill, health, mental, improvement, moral discipline, etc.; that which is assigned or prescribed for such ends; hence, a disquisition; a lesson; a task; as, military or naval exercises; musical exercises; an exercise in composition.
  14. That which gives practice; a trial; a test.
  15. To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to; to put in action habitually or constantly; to school or train; to exert repeatedly; to busy.
  16. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop; hence, also, to improve by practice; to discipline, and to use or to for the purpose of training; as, to exercise arms; to exercise one's self in music; to exercise troops.
  17. 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; to affect; to discipline; as, exercised with pain.
  18. To put in practice; to carry out in action; to perform the duties of; to use; to employ; to practice; as, to exercise authority; to exercise an office.
  19. To exercise one's self, as under military training; to drill; to take exercise; to use action or exertion; to practice gymnastics; as, to exercise for health or amusement.
  20. To train by use; exert; practice; employ actively; make anxious.
  21. To undergo training.
  22. Bodily exertion; activity; labor; practice; a lesson or example for practice; the ceremony ending a course in school.
  23. A putting in practice: exertion of the body for health or amusement: discipline: a lesson or task.
  24. To train by use: to improve by practice: to afflict: to put in practice: to use.
  25. To take exercise.
  26. To use; practice; train by practice.
  27. use; practice; exertion; discipline; a lesson.
  28. To exert; train by practise.
  29. To make anxious.
  30. Activity; practise; training.
  31. A putting in use or practice; exertion of the body for health, strength, or dexterity; performance; discipline; drill; a task appointed one to perform; act of divine worship; a lesson for practice; any composition calculated to improve the voice or fingers of the young practitioner.
  32. To exert; to cause to act in any manner; to use; to use for improvement in skill; to perform the duties of; to discipline; to task; to employ; to busy; to afflict; to give anxiety to.
  33. To use action or exertion.
  34. Any labour or exertion of the body to promote health or for amusement; any exertion, as in a profession, business, or employment; practice; application of the mind; a lesson or example for practice.
  35. To exert; to cause to act in any manner; to train by use; to discipline; to use exertion for amusement, health, or proficiency; to keep employed.

Usage examples for exercise

  1. A gun went off by accident, and I and my friends have been taking a little exercise. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  2. The chief thing is that you exercise your mind and learn how to use it. – Carl and the Cotton Gin by Sara Ware Bassett
  3. It was beautiful winter weather, very cold but no wind, and it was very good exercise. – My First Years As A Frenchwoman, 1876-1879 by Mary King Waddington
  4. And it's a good pull up here from the station to a gentleman who's not used to much walking exercise. – A Witch of the Hills, v. 1-2 by Florence Warden
  5. Took some exercise round the square- a deadly business. – Servants of the Guns by Jeffery E. Jeffery
  6. She then commenced the exercise of her power upon him. – The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians by Henry R. Schoolcraft
  7. Exercise your own pleasure about the matter however. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton
  8. So he said that he had only been going that way to give his horse a little exercise, and that he intended to go in at the other gate. – The Visits of Elizabeth by Elinor Glyn
  9. She'd rather exercise her imagination than learn distinctly what I am worth. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  10. " I'll never get my strength back," he protested, " unless I have more exercise." – The Little Colonel by Annie Fellows Johnston
  11. My Lord Bruncker, I perceive, do endeavour to speak well of Commissioner Pett, saying that he did exercise great care and pains while he was there, but do not undertake to answer for his not carrying up of the great ships. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  12. Each one is to exercise great care. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  13. Been out for a little exercise. – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  14. I can't imagine how it is that London will never take exercise anywhere except in that ridiculous Park. – The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
  15. Hence people will exercise as strong a " moral influence" as possible on me to bring me to love. – The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner
  16. That was quick exercise; I didn't know I was going to do it till I was down. – Lahoma by John Breckinridge Ellis
  17. Get as much exercise as you can, and always get a clear day off in the week, and don't give up any of your old interests. – Letters to His Friends by Forbes Robinson
  18. If it will be any comfort to Sir Roger, I shall be most happy to promise him that I will keep all his horses in exercise next winter! – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton