exerciseexercise2 ●●○ S3 W2 verb 1 use something [transitive] formalUSE something to use a power, right, or quality that you have There are plans to encourage people to exercise their right to vote. People who can exercise some control over their surroundings feel less anxious.2 do physical activity [intransitive]DSOEXERCISE to do sports or physical activities in order to stay healthy and become stronger It’s important to exercise regularly.3 use part of your body [transitive]DSOEXERCISE to make a particular part of your body move in order to make it stronger Swimming exercises all the major muscle groups.4 animal [transitive]HBHEXERCISE to make an animal walk or run in order to keep it healthy and strong people exercising their dogs in the park5 make somebody think [transitive] formalTHINK ABOUT a) to make someone think about a subject or problem and consider how to deal with it It’s an issue that’s exercised the minds of scientists for a long time. b) British English if something exercises someone, they think about it all the time and are very anxious or worried – often used humorously It was clear that Flavia had been exercised by this thought.THESAURUSexercise to walk, do sports etc in order to stay healthy and become strongerTo lose weight, exercise regularly and eat less.do some exercise/a lot of exercise etc this phrase is much more common than the verb exercise, and means the same thingHer doctor said that she needed to do more exercise.My son does very little exercise – I don’t know how he stays so slim. Dogs need lots of exercise.stay/keep/get in shape to stay or to become physically healthy and strong – used especially when you consider exercise as a way to keep a nice-looking bodyTry jogging with a friend who also wants to get in shape.keep fit British English to exercise regularly in order to stay healthy and strongThe class encourages older people to keep fit.work out to do exercise in order to be healthy and strong, especially to exercise regularly in a gym or exercise classHe works out three times a week.tone up (also firm up) to exercise in order to make your body or part of your body firmerI need to tone up my stomach and legs.warm up to do gentle exercises to prepare your body for more active exerciseIt’s important to warm up before you begin to play.stretch to reach your arms, legs, or body out to full length, in order to make your muscles as long as possible, so that you do not injure them when you exerciseJog for five minutes, then stretch before starting on your run.limber up (also loosen up) to do gentle exercises so that your muscles are warm and not tight before you begin a more active exerciseThe footballers were limbering up before a training session.train especially British English to prepare for a sporting event by exercising in a particular wayShe’s training to do the London Marathon.practise British English, practice American English to do a sports activity regularly, in order to get better and prepare for competitionThe team practices on Wednesdays and Saturdays.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusexercise• It is expenditure incurred under a new contract made when the option is exercised.• Mrs Edwina Currie was exercising a basic charm.• Karl exercises by playing racquetball twice a week.• You should exercise every day and get plenty of fresh air.• Our manager exercised her influence to get Rigby the position.• The Purchasing Manager in charge of a purchasing department exercises his responsibilities in close collaboration with other colleagues.• Genius is rare, and the chance to exercise it in a dance with others is rarer still.• The Congress must decide whether to exercise its veto or not.• They feel that the more control they can exercise over their surroundings, the safer life will be for them.• She fails to recognize that getting things done requires a different way of exercising power.• Even people who start exercising quite late in life notice considerable benefits.• Raise your knee to exercise the upper leg and hip.• Parents sometimes need to exercise their authority and say "no" to their children.• Many people are exercising their right to leave the state pension plan.• I exercise three times a week.• A lot of managers spend long hours in their cars and exercise very little.exercise ... control• During those hours there is no manifest intention to exercise any such control.• In fact, newspaper editors sometimes do not even exercise control over large sections of their newspapers.• The Bedford Area Guardians Committee continued to exercise control over matters great and small.• Senior management can exercise greater control over the activities of the organisation and coordinate their subordinates or sub-units more easily.• It seems clear therefore that the central administration was unable at this time to exercise effective financial control over the Forest wardens.• In retrospect I wish that 1 had been less careful of their prerogatives and had exercised control over their activities.• Sniffers may be able to exercise some control over their hallucinations and use them as part of group activities.• It has even been suggested that a member could exercise control with as little as one percent of the votes.