exercise vs utilised what difference

what is difference between exercise and utilised


Alternative forms

  • exercice (obsolete; noun senses only)


From Middle English exercise, from Old French exercise, from Latin exercitium.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛk.sə.saɪz/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛk.sɚ.saɪz/
  • Hyphenation: ex‧er‧cise


exercise (countable and uncountable, plural exercises)

  1. (countable) Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
    • an exercise of the eyes and memory
  2. (countable, uncountable) Activity intended to improve physical, or sometimes mental, strength and fitness.
  3. A setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use.
    • December 8, 1801, Thomas Jefferson, first annual message
      exercise of the important function confided by the constitution to the legislature
    • O we will walk this world, / Yoked in all exercise of noble end.
  4. The performance of an office, ceremony, or duty.
    I assisted the ailing vicar in the exercise of his parish duties.
    • Lewis [] refused even those of the church of England [] the public exercise of their religion.
  5. (obsolete) That which gives practice; a trial; a test.

Derived terms

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exercise (third-person singular simple present exercises, present participle exercising, simple past and past participle exercised)

  1. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop.
  2. (intransitive) To perform physical activity for health or training.
  3. (transitive) To use (a right, an option, etc.); to put into practice.
  4. (now often in passive) To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax, especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to vex; to worry or make anxious.
  5. (obsolete) To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to.


See also

  • train
  • work out

Further reading

  • exercise in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • exercise in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.




  1. simple past tense and past participle of utilise

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