[ɪɡ'zɜːʃn] or [ɪɡ'zɝʃən]
(n.) The act of exerting, or putting into motion or action; the active exercise of any power or faculty; an effort, esp. a laborious or perceptible effort; as, an exertion of strength or power; an exertion of the limbs or of the mind; it is an exertion for him to move, to-day.
Synonyms and Synonymous
n. Effort, endeavor, struggle, attempt, trial, strain, stretch.
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Effort, labor, toil
ANT:Relaxation, recreation, rest
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- I keep my cowhide about, and sometimes I do lay it on; but the exertion is always too much for me. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- But it was not so; I was the same in strength, in earnest craving for sympathy, in my yearning for active exertion. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- But in every change goodness and affection can find field for exertion and display. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- This was her favourite work, as it required the least exertion. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- A few minutes more of silent exertion enabled him to proceed with composure. Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility.
- Mr. Woodhouse soon followed; and the necessity of exertion made him composed. Jane Austen. Emma.
- The atomspear,' said Wegg, stumping back into the room again, a little reddened by his late exertion, 'is now freer for the purposes of respiration. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- His family knew him to be, on all common occasions, a most negligent and dilatory correspondent; but at such a time they had hoped for exertion. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- The pressmen could thus, by great exertion, perfect the printing, when three presses were used, at the rate of 1,500 an hour. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- Too great humidity is enervating, and not conducive to either mental or physical exertion; on the other hand, too dry air is equally harmful. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- By what exertion of industry could Lucy procure them another abode? Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- I was that energetic person, and I have satisfied myself that by no exertion of my strength can I transfix the pig with a single blow. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- I wrote, and this exertion greatly fatigued me; but my convalescence had commenced, and proceeded regularly. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein_Or_The Modern Prometheus.
- He smiled back again, but faintly, as if it were an unusual exertion. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- Mrs. Dashwood immediately took all that trouble on herself; and Elinor had the benefit of the information without the exertion of seeking it. Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility.
- As for my father, his desires and exertions were bounded to the again seeing me restored to health and peace of mind. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein_Or_The Modern Prometheus.
- I entirely disapprove of your doing anything for him, my dear sir, which is not dependent on his own exertions and good conduct. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- It has required my utmost exertions to exist without making the least progress in our business. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- We have no trace of him at present, although our exertions to discover him are unremitted; but they will not restore my beloved William. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein_Or_The Modern Prometheus.
- Yet, do not confine your exertions to any one spot, noble friends! Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- WE had now reached Switzerland, so long the final mark and aim of our exertions. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- The navy had been making strenuous exertions to seal the harbor of Wilmington, but with only partial effect. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- It cost some exercise of the white truncheon, well seconded by the exertions of the domestics, to silence this canine clamour. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- After various lesser mishaps, Meg was finished at last, and by the united exertions of the entire family Jo's hair was got up and her dress on. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- If the wind had not chanced, in the position I occupied, to set it away from me, my exertions might have ended then and there. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Rivalship and emulation render excellency, even in mean professions, an object of ambition, and frequently occasion the very greatest exertions. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- Miller wrote to Whitney on May 11, 1797, The event of the first patent suit, after all our exertions made in such a variety of ways, has gone against us. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- Great objects, however, are evidently not necessary, in order to occasion the greatest exertions. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- Their exertions did not relax till the doctor arrived, when one by one, the senseless three were taken upstairs and put into warm beds. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- It was town-talk for at least three days, and was only kept out of the newspapers by the exertions of Mr. Wagg, acting upon a hint from Mr. Wenham. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
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