exert (oneself)

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exert (oneself)

To make a concerted effort to do something. With the poor grades you've gotten so far, you're really going to have to exert yourself to get a C this semester.
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exert oneself

Put oneself to strenuous effort, as in We exerted ourselves mightily to raise funds. [First half of 1700s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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We have all got to exert ourselves a little to keep sane, and call things by the same names as other people call them by.
If we exert ourselves, I think we shall not be long in want of allies.
You must ever be the head and master here, father; and we feel how truly unnatural it would be in us if we failed to know it or if we failed to exert ourselves in every possible way to please you."
'You can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such opening for you.
Now let's go back to how this leads to a happy and healthy mind, as adults, we now understand that when we physically exert ourselves, our bodies release neurotransmitters (signals) that help balance our body's reactions to stress and pain, in turn, releasing a rush of 'happiness' through our bodies and regulating our mood.
Looking back, our marriage has worked because we realised from the start that marriage is work, and we need to constantly exert ourselves to make sure it works."I have chosen to honour my spouse so that he feels privileged as a spouse.
It was a chance for us to come and really exert ourselves and put some pressure on Barnet.
It is one thing to know enough to get the job done, earn a salary and pay bills but we must exert ourselves beyond the comfort zone to a point in the realm of the unknown.
"They are strong and physical and full of energy but having a four-goal lead at half time on Saturday may well have helped us as we didn't have to exert ourselves too muchand managed to make changes to give some players a bit of a rest.
We decided our lives were getting stressful forcing ourselves to exercise and eat healthy, so we tore up our daily motivation diaries (this was before the advent of health and meditation apps) and decided life was much more fun if we did not exert ourselves and eat whatever tasted good.
Normally they give you a really tough game but we didn't have to exert ourselves.
As we exert ourselves to rise as a nation, many of them take freedom for granted, disregarding our struggles and choosing their personal interest over those of the people they swore to serve.
That's precisely why we need especially to exert ourselves to keep asking the questions that liberals rarely ask: Why do there continue to be human beings for whom a society geared toward treating its citizens simply according to a standard of decency and mutual respect isn't good enough?