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exercise

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noun
1 use of the body to keep healthy
ADJECTIVE
good, healthy
hard, heavy, high-intensity (esp. AmE), intense, strenuous, vigorous
gentle, light, moderate

Try to do fifteen minutes of gentle exercise every day.

regular
daily, morning
adequate
aerobic, cardiovascular, weight-bearing

Weight-bearing exercise increases the health of bones.

endurance
mental, physical
outdoor
VERB + EXERCISE
do, get, take (BrE)

John never does any exercise.

Do you take enough exercise?

need
recommend

The doctor recommended regular exercise.

EXERCISE + NOUN
programme/program, regime, regimen (esp. AmE), routine
session
class
ball, bike, equipment, machine
mat
room (esp. AmE)
video
PREPOSITION
during exercise

Stop frequently to rest during exercise until you are fitter.

PHRASES
a form of exercise, a kind of exercise, a type of exercise
lack of exercise

Lack of exercise is a risk factor in heart disease.

2 set of movements/activities
ADJECTIVE
great

This is a great exercise for the upper back.

basic, simple
warm-up
breathing, relaxation, strengthening, stretching
chest, leg, etc.
daily, morning

He began his daily exercises.

mental, physical

Mental exercises can help older people to sustain their mental abilities.

floor

Combine yoga with stretching and floor exercises.

group
… OF EXERCISES
series, set
VERB + EXERCISE
do, execute (AmE), perform

Remember to do your breathing exercises every day.

You may find it helpful to perform this exercise in front of the mirror.

try

I did try some basic relaxation exercises.

repeat
recommend

She recommends the following exercises to increase circulation.

3 set of questions
ADJECTIVE
easy, simple
difficult, hard
practical, written
interactive
practice
comprehension, grammar, listening, translation, writing
… OF EXERCISES
series, set
VERB + EXERCISE
do
try

Ask your students to try this exercise before the next class.

complete

You will complete these exercises for homework.

practise/practice

Practise/Practice the following exercise at least twice a day.

give sb
create
PREPOSITION
exercise in

an exercise in translation

4 use of a power/a right/a quality
ADJECTIVE
effective

the effective exercise of power by the government

free

the free exercise of informed choice

legitimate, proper
improper (law, esp. BrE)

an improper exercise of a discretionary power

VERB + EXERCISE
limit, regulate (law)
justify
PHRASES
the exercise of authority, the exercise of power

to limit the exercise of political power

the exercise of discretion
5 for a particular result
ADJECTIVE
simple, straightforward
major, massive (esp. BrE)

The Government instituted a massive exercise in social control.

successful
fascinating, interesting, useful, valuable, worthwhile
arbitrary, cosmetic, cynical, empty, fruitless, futile, pointless

In the end it proved a pointless exercise.

academic, intellectual, mental, paper (esp. BrE), practical, technical, theoretical

This is not a purely academic exercise: it should have a real impact on the way we work.

costly, expensive
political

The whole consultation process was just a cynical political exercise.

consultation (BrE)
cost-cutting, damage-limitation, marketing, propaganda, public relations (abbreviated to PR) (all esp. BrE)
evaluation
role-playing, team-building

We run team-building exercises with employees at each office.

VERB + EXERCISE
carry out, conduct, perform

The company has just carried out a major cost-cutting exercise.

embark on, mount (both BrE)

Before embarking on any exercise, you should conduct a cost-benefit analysis.

PREPOSITION
exercise in

The seminar was a valuable exercise in information exchange.

PHRASES
the aim of the exercise, the object of the exercise

The object of the exercise is to increase public awareness of environmental issues.

6 for soldiers/police
ADJECTIVE
major
field, field-training (AmE), training

We were out on a field exercise.

live-fire (AmE)
tactical
joint

US forces took part in joint exercises with the British Navy.

military, naval
VERB + EXERCISE
conduct, do, execute (AmE), take part in

We have conducted training exercises in seven separate states.

complete

They recently completed a four-week exercise in Poland.

PREPOSITION
on exercise

Half the regiment was away on exercise.

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verb
ADVERB
effectively, properly (esp. BrE)
fully

the conditions necessary to fully exercise these rights

lawfully
freely

the right to freely exercise your religion

VERB + EXERCISE
be able to, be unable to

They found themselves unable to exercise influence and maintain independence.

be free to

Managers are free to exercise their discretion in these cases.

have the right to

They have the right to exercise self-determination.

choose to

Each of us has a vote—if we choose to exercise it.

be necessary to, need to

It is necessary to exercise caution when making recommendations.

continue to

The all-powerful steering committee continued to exercise control.

fail to

The company's representative failed to exercise due care.

Exercise is used with these nouns as the object: ↑authority, ↑autonomy, ↑care, ↑caution, ↑choice, ↑clout, ↑common sense, ↑control, ↑diplomacy, ↑discipline, ↑discretion, ↑franchise, ↑freedom, ↑imagination, ↑influence, ↑judgement, ↑jurisdiction, ↑leadership, ↑mind, ↑monopoly, ↑muscle, ↑option, ↑patience, ↑power, ↑prerogative, ↑privilege, ↑responsibility, ↑restraint, ↑right, ↑self-control, ↑skill, ↑sovereignty, ↑supervision, ↑tact, ↑taste, ↑trade, ↑veto, ↑vigilance, ↑will

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  • Exercise — Ex er*cise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exercised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exercising}.] 1. To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to; to put in action habitually or constantly; to school or train; to exert repeatedly;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Exercise — Ex er*cise, v. i. To exercise one s self, as under military training; to drill; to take exercise; to use action or exertion; to practice gymnastics; as, to exercise for health or amusement. [1913 Webster] I wear my trusty sword, When I do… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exercise — [n1] work, effort act, action, activity, calisthenics, constitutional*, daily dozen*, discharge, discipline, drill, drilling, examination, exercising, exertion, gym, labor, lesson, movement, occupation, operation, performance, problem, pursuit,… …   New thesaurus

  • exercise — [ek′sər sīz΄] n. [ME & OFr exercice < L exercitium < pp. of exercere, to drive out (farm animals to work), hence drill, exercise < ex , out + arcere, to enclose < IE base * areq , to protect, enclose > Gr arkein] 1. active use or… …   English World dictionary

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