1 noun
1 FOR HEALTH (U) physical activities that you do in order to stay healthy and become stronger: I could use some exercise - let's go for a swim. | do/take exercise (=exercise regularly): Do at least fifteen minutes exercise each day. | get exercise (=do exercise as part of your daily life): You don't get much exercise sitting at a desk all day like this.
2 MOVEMENT (C) a movement or set of movements that you do regularly in order to keep a particular part of your body strong and healthy: The doctor gave me some exercises to help with my back. | do exercises: Jan does her exercises every morning.
3 FOR A SKILL (countable usually plural) an activity or process that helps you practise a particular skill such as playing a musical instrument or singing
4 IN A BOOK (C) a set of questions in a book which test a student's skill or knowledge: Do Exercises 3 and 4 on page 51 for homework.
5 ARMY/NAVY ETC (C) an activity that trains soldiers, pilots etc for war when there is still peace: a naval exercise
6 FOR A RESULT (singular) an activity that is intended to have a particular result: Getting everyone to agree was quite a difficult exercise. | an exercise in awareness/self-control etc (=something that you do in order to gain or develop a particular quality): The ceremony was an exercise in self-congratulation for a leader desperate to regain popularity.
7 the exercise of power/influence/authority etc formal the use of power, influence etc in order to achieve something
2 verb
1 (I) to walk, do sports etc in order to stay healthy and become stronger: It's important to exercise regularly.
2 (T) to make a particular part of your body move in order to make it stronger: Swimming exercises all the major muscle groups.
3 exercise power/influence/caution etc formal to use power, influence etc: I intend to exercise my right to vote.
4 (T) to make an animal walk or run in order to keep it healthy and strong: Don's out exercising the horses.
5 (transitive often passive) formal to make someone think about a subject or problem and consider how to deal with it: Scientists continue to be exercised about the ethics of genetic engineering.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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