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verb British English pronunciation: exercise /ˈeksə(r)saɪz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyexercise
he/she/itexercises
present participleexercising
past tenseexercised
past participleexercised
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to do a physical activity such as walking, swimming, or running in order to stay healthy and make your body stronger

    Do you eat properly and exercise regularly?

    1. a.
      [transitive] to move or use a particular part of your body in order to make it strong

      The doctor said I should exercise my knee every morning.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to allow an animal to walk or run so that it stays healthy

      Large dogs should be exercised every day.

  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to use your power or rights

    For centuries, the Church exercised almost unquestioned authority over people's lives.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to use a skill or personal quality, especially in order to avoid problems

    Caution must be exercised when operating this equipment.

  4. 4
    [transitive] very formal to worry someone, or to make them think hard about something

    They were greatly exercised by the prospect of losing their jobs.

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