Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: exercice, from Latin exercitium, from exercere 'to drive on, keep busy'


1 noun
ex‧er‧cise1 S1 W2

for health

[uncountable]DSO physical activities that you do in order to stay healthy and become stronger:
Try to fit some regular exercise into your daily routine.
Working in an office, I don't get much exercise.
do/take exercise
Most people need to do more exercise.
gentle/light exercise
Gentle exercise can be beneficial for older people.
vigorous/strenuous exercise
After the operation, you should avoid strenuous exercise.


[countable]DSO a movement or set of movements that you do regularly to keep your body healthy:
stretching exercises
You can do exercises to strengthen your stomach muscles.

for a skill

[countable usually plural] an activity or process that helps you practise a particular skill:
relaxation exercises
role-play exercises

in a book

[countable]SE a set of questions in a book that test a student's knowledge or skill:
Do Exercises 3 and 4 on page 51 for homework.

for a particular result

[singular] an activity or situation that has a particular quality or result:
closing libraries as part of a cost-cutting exercise
It's a pointless exercise.
exercise in
Buying a house can be an exercise in frustration.

army/navy etc

[uncountable and countable] a set of activities for training soldiers etc:
a military exercise
on exercise
Half the unit was away on exercise.

the exercise of something

formal the use of a power or right:
the exercise of political leadership

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