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Exercise, subst. 1) any kind of habitual practice or exertion to acquire skill, knowledge, or grace: for any or for all these --s (viz war, travels, studies) Gentl. I, 3, 11. “be in eye of every e. worthy his youth,” Gentl. I, 3, 11 “allow me such --s as may become a gentleman,” As I, 1, 76. “less frequent to his princely --s,” Wint. IV, 2, 37. “deny his youth the rich advantage of good e.” John IV, 2, 60. “gentle e. and proof of arms,” H4A V, 2, 55. “friends, whose house, whose bed, whose meal and e. are still together,” Cor. IV, 4, 14. “forgone all custom of e.” Hml. II, 2, 308 (Qq --s). show of such an e. (viz reading) “may colour your loneliness,” III, 1, 45.
2) skill acquired: “to invest their sons with arts and martial --s,” H4B IV, 5, 74. “swelling o'er with arts and e.” Troil. IV, 4, 80. “gave you such a masterly report for art and e. in your defence,” Hml. IV, 7, 98.
3) bodily exertion, action, motion: “thy e. hath been too violent for a second course of fight,” Cor. I, 5, 16. “hard at hand comes the master and main e., the incorporate conclusion,” Oth. II, 1, 269.
4) act of devotion, performance of religious duties: “once a day I'll visit the chapel where they lie, and tears shed there shall be my recreation: so long as nature will bear up with this e., so long I daily vow to use it,” Wint. III, 2, 242. “I am in your debt for your last e.” R3 III, 2, 112. “to draw him from his holy e.” III, 7, 64. “much castigation, e. devout,” Oth. III, 4, 41.
5) occupation in general, ordinary task, habitual activity: “urchins shall forth at vast of night, that they may work all e. on thee,” Tp. I, 2, 328 (all their wonted mischievous doing). “he's all my e., my mirth, my matter,” Wint. I, 2, 166. “hunting was his daily e.” H6C IV, 6, 85. “those mouths . . . are now starved for want of e.” Per. I, 4, 38.
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