Definition of EXERCISE

ex·​er·​cise | ˈek-sər-ˌsīz 1a : the act of bringing into play or realizing in action : use the exercise of self-control

b : the discharge of an official function or professional occupation exercise of his judicial duties

c : the act or an instance of carrying out the terms of an agreement (such as an option) —often used attributivelyan option’s exercise price

2a : regular or repeated use of a faculty or bodily organ

b : bodily exertion for the sake of developing and maintaining physical fitness trying to get more exercise

3 : something performed or practiced in order to develop, improve, or display a specific capability or skill arithmetic exercises vocal exercises

4 : a performance or activity having a strongly marked secondary or ulterior aspect party politics has always been an exercise in compromise— H. S. Ashmore

5a : a maneuver, operation, or drill carried out for training and discipline naval exercises

b exercises plural : a program including speeches, announcements of awards and honors, and various traditional practices of secular or religious character commencement exercises

transitive verb

1a : to make effective in action : use didn’t exercise good judgment b : to bring to bear : exert exercise influence

c : to implement the terms of exercise an option

2a : to use repeatedly in order to strengthen or develop exercise a muscle

b : to train by drills and maneuvers exercise troops

c : to put through exercises exercise the horses

3a : to engage the attention and effort of

b : to cause anxiety, alarm, or indignation in the issues exercising voters this year