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 for exert
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exert \Ex*ert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exerted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Exerting.] [L. exertus, exsertus, p. p. of exerere,
     exserere, to thrust out; ex out + serere to join or bind
     together. See Series, and cf. Exsert.]
     1. To thrust forth; to emit; to push out. [Obs.]
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              So from the seas exerts his radiant head
              The star by whom the lights of heaven are led.
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     2. To put force, ability, or anything of the nature of an
        active faculty; to put in vigorous action; to bring into
        active operation; as, to exert the strength of the body,
        limbs, faculties, or imagination; to exert the mind or the
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     3. To put forth, as the result or exercise of effort; to
        bring to bear; to do or perform.
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              When we will has exerted an act of command on any
              faculty of the soul or member of the body. --South.
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     To exert one's self, to use efforts or endeavors; to
        strive; to make an attempt.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: put to use; "exert one's power or influence" [syn: exert,
      2: have and exercise; "wield power and authority" [syn: wield,
         exert, maintain]
      3: make a great effort at a mental or physical task; "exert

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  33 Moby Thesaurus words for "exert":
     apply, attempt, bring into play, bring to bear, bust a gut,
     do with, employ, endeavor, exercise, expend, go all out, handle,
     make an effort, make use of, manage, manipulate, operate, play,
     ply, practice, push, put forth, put out, strain, strive, struggle,
     throw, toil, try, use, utilize, wield, work

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