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English noun: exercise

1. exercise (act) the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit

SamplesThe doctor recommended regular exercise.
He did some exercising.
The physical exertion required by his work kept him fit.

Synonymsexercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout

Broader (hypernym)effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail

Narrower (hyponym)anaerobic exercise, arm exercise, back exercise, bodybuilding, calisthenics, callisthenics, cardiopulmonary exercise, exercise set, gymnastic exercise, isometric exercise, isometrics, isotonic exercise, Kegel exercises, kick up, leg exercise, muscle building, musclebuilding, neck exercise, pubococcygeus exercises, set, stomach exercise, stretch, stretching, tummy crunch, yoga

2. exercise (act) the act of using

SamplesHe warned against the use of narcotic drugs.
Skilled in the utilization of computers.

Synonymsemployment, usage, use, utilisation, utilization

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)abuse, application, development, exploitation, misuse, play, practical application, practice, recycling

3. exercise (act) systematic training by multiple repetitions

SamplesPractice makes perfect.

Synonymsdrill, practice, practice session, recitation

Broader (hypernym)grooming, preparation, training

Narrower (hyponym)brushup, dry run, fire drill, manual, manual of arms, military drill, rehearsal, rehearsal, review, scrimmage, shadowboxing, target practice

4. exercise (act) a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

SamplesYou must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook.


Broader (hypernym)lesson

5. exercise (event) (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches

SamplesAcademic exercises.

Broader (hypernym)ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance

Narrower (hyponym)commencement, commencement ceremony, commencement exercise, graduation, graduation exercise

Domain usageplural, plural form

English verb: exercise

1. exercise (consumption) put to use

SamplesExert one's power or influence.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

2. exercise (social) carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

SamplesPractice law.

Synonymsdo, practice, practise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)shamanise, shamanize

Entaildo work, work

3. exercise (body) give a workout to

SamplesSome parents exercise their infants.
My personal trainer works me hard.
Work one's muscles.
This puzzle will exercise your mind.

ExamplesThey exercise the animals

Synonymswork, work out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)put to work, work

Narrower (hyponym)warm up

Causeexercise, work out

Verb groupexercise, work out

4. exercise (body) do physical exercise

SamplesShe works out in the gym every day.

ExamplesThey exercise , They exercise themselves

Synonymswork out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)limber up, loosen up, press, strengthen, tone, tone up, train, tumble, warm up, weight-lift, weightlift


Verb groupexercise, work, work out

5. exercise (cognition) learn by repetition

SamplesWe drilled French verbs every day.
Pianists practice scales.

Synonymsdrill, practice, practise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)learn, read, study, take

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