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Definition of 'exercise'


  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"
       Synonyms: exercising physical exercise physical exertion workout
  2. the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
       Synonyms: use usage utilization utilisation employment
  3. systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"
       Synonyms: practice drill practice session recitation
  4. 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"
       Synonyms: example
  5. (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; "academic exercises"


  1. put to use; "exert one's power or influence"
       Synonyms: exert
  2. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law"
       Synonyms: practice practise do
  3. give a workout to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"
       Synonyms: work work out
  4. do physical exercise; "She works out in the gym every day"
       Synonyms: work out
  5. learn by repetition; "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"
       Synonyms: drill practice practise

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