What does exercise mean?

Definitions for exercise
ˈɛk sərˌsaɪzex·er·cise

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word exercise.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workoutnoun

    the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit

    "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"

  2. use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercisenoun

    the act of using

    "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"

  3. exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitationnoun

    systematic training by multiple repetitions

    "practice makes perfect"

  4. exercise, examplenoun

    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"

  5. exerciseverb

    (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches

    "academic exercises"

  6. exert, exerciseverb

    put to use

    "exert one's power or influence"

  7. practice, practise, exercise, doverb

    carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

    "practice law"

  8. exercise, work, work outverb

    give a workout to

    "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"; "this puzzle will exercise your mind"

  9. exercise, work outverb

    do physical exercise

    "She works out in the gym every day"

  10. drill, exercise, practice, practiseverb

    learn by repetition

    "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"

GCIDE

  1. Exercisenoun

    Bodily exertion for the sake of keeping the organs and functions in a healthy state; hygienic activity; as, to take exercise on horseback; to exercise on a treadmill or in a gym.

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

Wiktionary

  1. exercisenoun

    Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.

    The teacher told us the next exercise is to write an essay.

    Etymology: From exercitium

  2. exercisenoun

    Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness.

    Etymology: From exercitium

  3. exerciseverb

    To set into action or practice.

    He was going to exercise the horses.

    Etymology: From exercitium

  4. exerciseverb

    To perform any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.

    Etymology: From exercitium

  5. exerciseverb

    To take action, enforce.

    Etymology: From exercitium

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exercisenoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  2. Exercisenoun

    exertion for the sake of training or improvement whether physical, intellectual, or moral; practice to acquire skill, knowledge, virtue, perfectness, grace, etc

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  3. Exercisenoun

    bodily exertion for the sake of keeping the organs and functions in a healthy state; hygienic activity; as, to take exercise on horseback

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  4. Exercisenoun

    the performance of an office, a ceremony, or a religious duty

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  5. Exercisenoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  6. Exercisenoun

    that which gives practice; a trial; a test

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  7. Exerciseverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  8. Exerciseverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  9. Exerciseverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  10. Exerciseverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

  11. Exerciseverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy, prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]

Freebase

  1. Exercise

    The owner of an option contract has the right to exercise it, and thus require that the financial transaction specified by the contract is to be carried out immediately between the two parties, whereupon the option contract is terminated. When exercising a call option, the owner of the option purchases the underlying shares at the strike price from the option seller, while for a put option, the owner of the option sells the underlying to the option seller, again at the strike price.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exercise

    eks′ėr-sīz, n. a putting in practice: exertion of the body for health or amusement: discipline: a lesson, task, academical disputation, &c.: (Shak.) skill: (pl.) military drill: an act of worship or devotion: a discourse, the discussion of a passage of Scripture, giving the coherence of text and context, &c.—the addition, giving the doctrinal propositions, &c.: the Presbytery itself.—v.t. to train by use: to improve by practice: to afflict: to put in practice: to use: to wield.—adj. Ex′ercisable. [O. Fr. exercice—L. exercitium—L. exercēre, -citumex, out, arcēre, to shut up.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Exercise

    Physical activity which is usually regular and done with the intention of improving or maintaining PHYSICAL FITNESS or HEALTH. Contrast with PHYSICAL EXERTION which is concerned largely with the physiologic and metabolic response to energy expenditure.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. exercise

    A military maneuver or simulated wartime operation involving planning, preparation, and execution. It is carried out for the purpose of training and evaluation. It may be a multinational, joint, or single-Service exercise, depending on participating organizations. See also command post exercise; field exercise; maneuver.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. EXERCISE

    Bodily exertion requiring a $10,000 gymnasium, a ten-acre lot and impossible raiment. Originally confined to the wash-tub and the wood-pile.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. exercise

    The practice of all those motions, actions, and management of arms, whereby men are duly trained for service. Also, the practice of loosing, reefing, and furling sails.--Exercise, in naval tactics, may be applied to the forming a fleet into order of sailing, line of battle, &c. The French term is évolutions or tactiques, and may be defined as the execution of the movements which the different orders and disposition of fleets occasionally require, and which the several ships are directed to perform by means of signals. (See SIGNALS.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. exercise

    The practice of all those motions and actions, together with the whole management of arms, which are essential to the perfection of a soldier, and the rendering him fit for service.

Editors Contribution

  1. exercise

    A type of activity.

    Exercises are a good idea for health and also for learning in school.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  
  2. exercise

    A type of daily activity to maintain health and fitness.

    The family love to exercise by walking in the mountains and cycling together.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 3, 2015  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'exercise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1689

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exercise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1549

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    Rank popularity for the word 'exercise' in Nouns Frequency: #600

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    Rank popularity for the word 'exercise' in Verbs Frequency: #407

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exercise in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exercise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of exercise in a Sentence

  1. Pope Francis:

    This asymmetry, by which a select few know everything about us while we know nothing about them, dulls critical thought and the conscious exercise of freedom, inequalities expand enormously; knowledge and wealth accumulate in a few hands with grave risks for democratic societies.

  2. James Rippe:

    Exercise alone provides psychological and physical benefits. However, if you also adopt a strategy that engages your mind while you exercise, you can get a whole host of psychological benefits fairly quickly.

  3. British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond:

    North Korea acts in a totally irresponsible and provocative way, so I can entirely understand the pressure South Korea feels to respond. But, we have to be bigger than the North Koreans and I would urge South Korea and other like-minded countries in the region to exercise restraint. We know that responding in this way is simply rising to the bait North Korea is presenting to us.

  4. Julie Fritz:

    It may be that the non-specific effects of exercise are responsible for the benefit, in other words, being active, doing something for your back pain helps individuals feel more in control of the condition and has positive physical and psychological benefits regardless of exactly what sort of exercise is being done.

  5. Prawit Rattanapian:

    The student volunteers will not explain whether the constitution is good or bad but will invite people to exercise their right to vote.

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  • تَمْرِين, تَدْرِيبArabic
  • практыкаваннеBelarusian
  • упражнявам, упражнявам се, тренировка, тренирам, упражнениеBulgarian
  • cvičit, cvičeníCzech
  • dyrke motionDanish
  • trainieren, Sport, Training, Übung, übenGerman
  • άσκηση, γυμναστικήGreek
  • ekzerciEsperanto
  • ejercer, ejercicio, ejercitarSpanish
  • õppusEstonian
  • تمرین, ورزش, مشقPersian
  • harjoitella, käyttää, kuntoilu, treenata, liikunta, harjoitus, treeni, harjoitteluFinnish
  • exercice, exercerFrench
  • eacarsaichScottish Gaelic
  • תַּרְגִּילHebrew
  • व्यायाम, अभ्यास, वर्ज़िश, कसरतHindi
  • egzèseHaitian Creole
  • edz, gyakorlat, edzés, gyakorol, gyakorlásHungarian
  • վարժությունArmenian
  • olahragaIndonesian
  • esercitareItalian
  • 体操, 体育, 練習, 運動Japanese
  • ვარჯიში, სავარჯიშოGeorgian
  • 연습, 運動, 운동, 련습Korean
  • exercitium, exercitātiōLatin
  • uždavinysLithuanian
  • vingrot, vingrinājums, vingrināt, izmantot, realizēt, vingrojumsLatvian
  • вежбаMacedonian
  • senaman, latihan, latih tubiMalay
  • oefenenDutch
  • treningNorwegian
  • ćwiczenie, ćwiczyćPolish
  • proceder, exercício, [[exercitar]]-[[se]], incitar, agirPortuguese
  • exercițiuRomanian
  • упражнение, зарядка, практиковаться, реализовывать, использовать, практика, упражняться, тренировка, тренироваться, физзарядкаRussian
  • вежба, vježba, вјежба, пракса, praksa, vežbaSerbo-Croatian
  • cvičenieSlovak
  • vaja, vadbaSlovene
  • träna, träning, praktisera, uppgift, utnyttja, övning, övaSwedish
  • mazoeziSwahili
  • వ్యాయామంTelugu
  • egzersizTurkish
  • вправаUkrainian
  • ورزش, مشقUrdu
  • bài tậpVietnamese
  • koapaskilükamVolapük

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