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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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"Research has shown that exerting self-control makes people more likely to behave aggressively toward others and people on diets are known to be irritable and quick to anger." He said.
There is a cost to exerting effort, c (a), with c' (a) [greater than or equal to] 0, c" (a) > 0, and c' (0) = 0.
As expected, preservice teachers' effort judgments had a positive direct effect on their calibration accuracy, suggesting that those exerting more effort to understand the course materials were more accurate about their capabilities.
Advantages of these clamps are high exerting force and wide adjustabil-ity to adapt to different part thicknesses.
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Indeed, developments in Asia also appeared to have had positive, albeit indirect, effects on domestic demand and prices in the near term by exerting some downward pressure on U.S.
Instead of the American economy exerting an upward pull on Mexican wages, the Mexican economy has exerted a downward pull on American wages.
Though still exerting influence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and among the disaffected of all societies, Pipes writes that no great state is any longer endangered by the irrationalities such beliefs can let loose.
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On the other, we also need to be alert to the possibility that the forces from Asia might damp activity and prices by more than is desirable by exerting a particularly forceful drag on the volume of net exports and the prices of imports.
The magnets repelled each other, exerting about 240 grams of force, a little stronger than that of magnets clinging to your refrigerator door.
The molecules become tangled and untangled and switch from exerting normal friction to exerting very low friction, so they slide by each other more easily.