exercise2 S3 W2
to use a power, right, or quality that you have:
use something[transitive] formal
There are plans to encourage people to exercise their right to vote.
People who can exercise some control over their surroundings feel less anxious.
to do sports or physical activities in order to stay healthy and become stronger:
do physical activity[intransitive]DSO
It's important to exercise regularly.
to make a particular part of your body move in order to make it stronger:
use part of your body[transitive]DSO
Swimming exercises all the major muscle groups.
to make an animal walk or run in order to keep it healthy and strong:
people exercising their dogs in the park
make somebody think[transitive] formal
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.