(noun, verb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): exercising, workout

Definition categories: act, effort, exertion, sweat, travail

2. the act of using

Similar word(s): employment, usage, use, utilisation, utilization

Definition categories: act, activity

3. systematic training by multiple repetitions

Similar word(s): drill, practice, recitation

Definition categories: act, grooming, preparation, training

4. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

Similar word(s): example

Definition categories: act, lesson

5. (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches

- academic exercises

Definition categories: event, ceremonial, ceremony, observance

6. an action, often used negatively and without consequences

- an exercise in futility

- an exercise in cheap talk

Definition categories: act, action

Sentences with exercise as a noun:

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


1. put to use

- exert one's power or influence

Similar word(s): exert

Definition categories: consumption, apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

2. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

Similar word(s): do, practice, practise

Definition categories: social

3. give a workout to

- Some parents exercise their infants

- this puzzle will exercise your mind

Similar word(s): work

Definition categories: body, work

4. do physical exercise

Definition categories: body

5. learn by repetition

Similar word(s): drill, practice, practise

Definition categories: cognition, learn, read, study, take

Sentences with exercise as a verb:

- to exercise troops or horses;  to exercise one's brain with a puzzle

- I exercise at the gym every day.

- The tenant exercised its option to renew the tenancy.

- She is going to exercise her right to vote.

- exercised with pain