Definition of Exercise by Merriam-Webster

To save this word, you'll need to log in. ex·​er·​cise | ˈek-sər-ˌsīz How to pronounce exercise (audio) 1a : the act of bringing into play or realizing in action : use the exercise of self-control b : the discharge of an official function or professional occupation

exercise of his judicial duties c : the act or an instance of carrying out the terms of an agreement (such as an option)
—often used attributivelyan option's exercise price 2a : regular or repeated use of a faculty or bodily organ b : bodily exertion for the sake of developing and maintaining physical fitness

trying to get more exercise 3 : something performed or practiced in order to develop, improve, or display a specific capability or skill

arithmetic exercises vocal exercises 4 : a performance or activity having a strongly marked secondary or ulterior aspect

party politics has always been an exercise in compromise— H. S. Ashmore 5a : a maneuver, operation, or drill carried out for training and discipline

naval exercises b exercises plural : a program including speeches, announcements of awards and honors, and various traditional practices of secular or religious character

commencement exercises transitive verb 1a : to make effective in action : use didn't exercise good judgment b : to bring to bear : exert exercise influence c : to implement the terms of

exercise an option 2a : to use repeatedly in order to strengthen or develop

exercise a muscle b : to train by drills and maneuvers

exercise troops c : to put through exercises exercise the horses 3a : to engage the attention and effort of b : to cause anxiety, alarm, or indignation in

the issues exercising voters this year



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