exercise meaning

[ 'eksəsaiz ] Pronunciation:   "exercise" in a sentence
  • Noun: exercise  'eksur`sIz
    1. The activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit
      "the doctor recommended regular exercise"
      - exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout 
    2. The act of using
      - use, usage, utilization, utilisation [Brit], employment 
    3. Systematic training by multiple repetitions
      - practice, drill, practice session, recitation 
    4. A task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding
      - example 
    5. (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches
      "academic exercises"
    Verb: exercise  'eksur`sIz
    1. Put to use
      - exert 
    2. Carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
      - practice [N. Amer], practise [Brit, Cdn], do 
    3. Give a workout to
      "Some parents exercise their infants"; "this puzzle will exercise your mind"
      - work, work out 
    4. Do physical exercise
      - work out 
    5. Learn by repetition
      - drill, practice [N. Amer], practise [Brit, Cdn]

    Derived forms: exercises, exercised, exercising

    See also: exerciser

    Type of: activity, apply, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, effort, elbow grease, employ, exertion, grooming, learn, lesson, observance, preparation, put to work, read, study, sweat, take, training, travail, use, utilise [Brit], utilize, work

    Encyclopedia: Exercise

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun, verb


    1 [C]

    an activity or series of activities that is designed to achieve a particular result:

    a training exercise

    The company has undertaken a rebranding exercise.

    an exercise in public relations

    an exercise to boost foreign investment

    ❖ to carry out/conduct/undertake an exercise

    2 [U]

    the use of power or a right to make sth happen:

    The Internet has made the exercise of choice by consumers easy.

    ❖ to encourage/justify/limit the exercise of sth

    3 (Finance ) [U] the exercise of an option

    an act of using an option, especially in order to buy or sell shares in a company:

    revenues from the exercise of share options

    verb [+ obj]


    to use your power or rights in order to achieve sth:

    We are continuing to exercise tight control over costs.

    to exercise a veto

    When she appeared in court she exercised her right to remain silent.

    2 (Finance )

    if you exercise an option you use it, especially in order to buy or sell shares in a company:

    The company has exercised an option to sell its remaining shares in the business.

    The tenants are exercising their option to buy the property.

  • [Defence]
    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.

  • [Economics]
    To make use of the right to carry out a transaction on previously agreed terms, mainly in the options market.

  • [Finance]
    To implement the right of the holder of an option to buy (in the case of a call) or sell (in the case of a put) the underlying security.


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  1. he believes in getting plenty of exercise.
  2. repeat exercise 2 using the above method.
  3. he does not look as though he gets enough exercise.
  4. teachers exercise authority over their pupils.
  5. pig nutrition is a financial exercise.

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