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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXERTING

I know my power; but have not the least thought of exerting it.

When he was obstinate, and insisted on exerting himself, she gave in.

His mind is always busy; his will and strength must always be exerting themselves.

Instantly, Hilary lifted his head, exerting to the utmost his muscles.

Thankful, exerting all her strength, closed the door and locked it.

He began by exerting his powers of fascination in a lazy, careless way.

Then exerting all my strength, I contrived to roll the litter over.

And they can end up by exerting serious influence in cultural patterns.

“Now we will make you large,” said they, exerting all their power.

Anton, exerting all his strength, rolled his chum over on his back.

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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