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noun British English pronunciation: exercise /ˈeksə(r)saɪz/ 
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singularexercise
pluralexercises
  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.

    take/do exercise:

    You should take more exercise.

    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 armed forces do 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

This is the British English definition of exercise. View American English definition of exercise