AskDefine | Define exercise

Dictionary Definition



1 the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit" [syn: exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout]
2 the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers" [syn: use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment]
3 systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect" [syn: practice, drill, practice session, recitation]
4 a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding; "you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook" [syn: example]
5 (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; "academic exercises"


1 put to use; "exert one's power or influence" [syn: exert]
2 carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law" [syn: practice, practise, do]
3 give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles" [syn: work, work out]
4 do physical exercise; "She works out in the gym every day" [syn: work out]
5 learn by repetition; "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales" [syn: drill, practice, practise]

User Contributed Dictionary



From exercitium


  • a UK /ˈɛk.sə.saɪz/, /"Ek.s@.saIz/
  • a US /ˈɛk.sɚ.saɪz/, /"Ek.s@r.saIz/


  1. Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
    The teacher told us the next exercise is to write an essay.
  2. Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness.


Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability
  • Arabic: (tamrīn), (tadrīb)
  • Bosnian: vježba, praksa
  • Croatian: vježba, praksa
  • Finnish: harjoitus, harjoittelu
  • German: Übung
  • Japanese: 練習 (renshū)
  • Korean: 연습 (yeonseup)
  • Latin: exercitatio, exercitium
  • Persian: (tamrin), (mašq)
  • Polish: ćwiczenie , zadanie
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: вежба, пракса
    Roman: vežba, praksa
  • Swedish: övning, uppgift
  • Urdu: (mašq)
  • Vietnamese: bài tập
Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness


  1. To set into action or practicing.
    He was going to exercise the horses.
  2. To perform any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
  3. To take action, enforce.
    The tenant exercised its option to renew the tenancy.
    She is going to exercise her right to vote.


to set into action
to perform activities to develop skills
to take action, enforce

Extensive Definition

Sometimes the terms 'dynamic' and 'static' are used. 'Dynamic' exercises such as steady running, tend to produce a lowering of the diastolic blood pressure during exercise, due to the improved blood flow. Conversely, static exercise (such as weight-lifting) can cause the systolic pressure to rise significantly.


Active exhalation during physical exercise helps the body to increase its maximum lung capacity. This results in greater efficiency, since the heart has to do less work to oxygenate the muscles, and there is also increased muscular efficiency through greater blood flow. Consciously breathing deeply during aerobic exercise helps this development of the heart and lungs.



  • Health, The Basics
exercise in Arabic: تمرينات رياضية
exercise in German: Training (Sport)
exercise in Esperanto: Korpekzercado
exercise in Spanish: Ejercicio físico
exercise in Galician: Exercicio físico
exercise in Japanese: フィジカルトレーニング
exercise in Portuguese: Exercício físico
exercise in Simple English: Exercise
exercise in Finnish: Kuntoilu
exercise in Swedish: Träning
exercise in Thai: การออกกำลังกาย
exercise in Yiddish: איבונגען

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