Ex·ert v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exerted; p. pr. & vb. n. Exerting.]
1. To thrust forth; to emit; to push out. [Obs.]
So from the seas exerts his radiant head
The star by whom the lights of heaven are led. --Dryden.
2. To put force, ability, or anything of the nature of an active faculty; to put in vigorous action; to bring into active operation; as, to exert the strength of the body, limbs, faculties, or imagination; to exert the mind or the voice.
3. To put forth, as the result or exercise of effort; to bring to bear; to do or perform.
When we will has exerted an act of command on any faculty of the soul or member of the body. --South.
To exert one's self, to use efforts or endeavors; to strive; to make an attempt.
v 1: put to use; "exert one's power or influence" [syn: exercise]
2: of power or authority [syn: wield, maintain]
3: make a great effort at a mental or physical task; "exert