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EXERT', verb transitive egzert'. [Latin exero, for exsero; ex and sero, to throw, to thrust, for this is the radical sense of sero.]

1. Literally, to thrust forth; to emit; to push out.

Before the gems exert

Their feeble heads.

[An unusual application.]

2. To bring out; to cause to come forth; to produce. But more generally,

3. To put or thrust forth, as strength, force or ability; to strain; to put in action; to bring into active operation; as, to exert the strength of the body or limbs; to exert efforts; to exert powers or faculties; to exert the mind.

4. To put forth; to do or perform.

When the will has exerted an act of command

on any faculty of the soul.

To exert one's self, is to use efforts; to strive.