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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

    1. a.
      a set of written questions that you answer in order to help you to learn something

      Next I’d like you to do the exercises on page 10.

  3. 3
    [countable] [usually plural] a set of activities that the military does in order to be prepared to fight in a war
  4. 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.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] formal the use of your power, rights, or skills

    public officials in the exercise of their duties



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