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He sprang to the rock, and exerted his utmost strength to dislodge it.

Mrs. Roberts exerted herself to laugh with him, albeit she was horror-stricken.

He exerted his will and called himself foolish, but in vain.

And indeed had his speed been tenfold greater than it was, it had been exerted to no purpose.

The medium had exerted every spiritual faculty to receive the truth.

All their faculties of persuasion shall be exerted in behalf of Najma.

The Florentines exerted themselves to save Forli from the fate that threatened it.

He had some friends who exerted themselves to save his life; which was spared.

Needless to say they are not exerted all one way, or one at a time, as set forth.

He exerted himself to soothe me as though he had been the more mature of the two.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "thrust forth, push out," from Latin exertus/exsertus, past participle of exerere/exserere "thrust out, put forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + serere "attach, join" (see series). Meaning "put into use" is 1680s. Related: Exerted; exerting.

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