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Verb: exert  ig'zurt or eg'zurt
  1. Put to use
    "exert one's power or influence";
    - exercise
  2. Have and exercise
    "exert power and authority";
    - wield, maintain
  3. Make a great effort at a mental or physical task
    "exert oneself"

Derived forms: exerted, exerting, exerts

Type of: act, apply, employ, have, have got, hold, move, use, utilise [Brit], utilize