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noun exercise pronunciation in American English /ˈeksərˌsaɪz/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] physical activity done in order to stay healthy and make your body stronger
    Try to do 20 minutes of vigorous exercise every day.
    get exercise: I get plenty of exercise being an aerobics instructor.
    1. a.
      [countable] a physical action that you repeat several times in order to make a part of your body stronger or more healthy
      Roll over and repeat the exercise on the other leg.
      deep-breathing exercises
    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to exercise, or used for exercise
      exercise equipment
      a new exercise routine
  2. 2
    [countable] an activity or set of activities that you do in order to learn how to do something
    Have you done your piano exercises yet?
    a drawing exercise
  3. 4
    [singular] formal an action that has a particular plan, purpose, or result
    The object of the exercise is to get you to think independently.
    Comparing prices can be a worthwhile exercise.
    a cost-cutting exercise
    exercise in: Good management is often an exercise in compromise.
  4. 5
    [uncountable] formal the use of your power, rights, or skills
    public officials in the exercise of their duties

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