ex|er|cise1 W2S1 [ˈeksəsaız US -ər-] n
1¦(for health)¦
3¦(for a skill)¦
4¦(in a book)¦
5¦(for a particular result)¦
6¦(army/navy etc)¦
7 the exercise of something
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: exercice, from Latin exercitium, from exercere 'to drive on, keep busy']
1.) ¦(FOR HEALTH)¦[U]
physical activities that you do in order to stay healthy and become stronger
Try to fit some regular exercise into your daily routine.
Working in an office, I don't get much exercise.
do/take exercise
Most people need to do more exercise.
gentle/light exercise
Gentle exercise can be beneficial for older people.
vigorous/strenuous exercise
After the operation, you should avoid strenuous exercise.
2.) ¦(MOVEMENT)¦
a movement or set of movements that you do regularly to keep your body healthy
stretching exercises
You can do exercises to strengthen your stomach muscles.
3.) ¦(FOR A SKILL)¦ [C usually plural]
an activity or process that helps you practise a particular skill
relaxation exercises
role-play exercises
4.) ¦(IN A BOOK)¦
a set of questions in a book that test a student's knowledge or skill
Do Exercises 3 and 4 on page 51 for homework.
5.) ¦(FOR A PARTICULAR RESULT)¦ [singular]
an activity or situation that has a particular quality or result
closing libraries as part of a cost-cutting exercise
It's a pointless exercise.
exercise in
Buying a house can be an exercise in frustration.
6.) ¦(ARMY/NAVY ETC)¦ [U and C]
a set of activities for training soldiers etc
a military exercise
on exercise
Half the unit was away on exercise.
7.) the exercise of sth
formal the use of a power or right
the exercise of political leadership
exercise 2
exercise2 W2S3 v
1¦(use something)¦
2¦(do physical activity)¦
3¦(use part of your body)¦
5¦(make somebody think)¦
1.) ¦(USE SOMETHING)¦ [T] formal
to use a power, right, or quality that you have
There are plans to encourage people to exercise their right to vote.
People who can exercise some control over their surroundings feel less anxious.
to do sports or physical activities in order to stay healthy and become stronger
It's important to exercise regularly.
to make a particular part of your body move in order to make it stronger
Swimming exercises all the major muscle groups.
4.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦ [T]
to make an animal walk or run in order to keep it healthy and strong
people exercising their dogs in the park
5.) ¦(MAKE SOMEBODY THINK)¦ [T] [i]formal
a) to make someone think about a subject or problem and consider how to deal with it
It's an issue that's exercised the minds of scientists for a long time.
b) BrE if something exercises someone, they think about it all the time and are very anxious or worried - often used humorously
It was clear that Flavia had been exercised by this thought.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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