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To put into action, practice, or force; to make use of something, such as a right or option.

To exercise dominion over land is to openly indicate absolute possession and control.

To exercise discretion is to choose between doing and not doing something, the decision being based on sound judgment.


(Discharge a function), verb act, administer, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, conduct, do duty, efficere, engage in, execute, exercere, facere, officiate, perform, practice, pursue, put in motion, put into action, put into effect, put into practice, serve as, translate into action, wage
Associated concepts: authority exercised under the United States Constitution, exercise an option, exercise jurisdiccion, exercise of judicial discretion
Foreign phrases: Cui jurisdictio data est, ea quoque connessa esse videntur, sine quibus jurisdictio explicari non potest.To whomsoever jurisdiction is given, those things also are supposed to be granted, without which the jurissiction cannot be exercised. Frustra est potentia quae nunquam venit in actum. A power is a vain one if it is never exercised.


(Use), verb apply, avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, draw on, employ, make use of, operate, practice, put in action, put in practice, put to use, put to work, turn to account, utilize, wield
Associated concepts: exercise a right to vote, exercise an option, exercise discretion, exercise dominion, exercise due care, exercise of power
See also: act, apply, campaign, commission, discipline, effort, employ, endeavor, enterprise, exert, exploit, labor, officiate, operate, ply, practice, problem, resort, transaction, undertaking, wield, work
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If you are a runner and love jogging, your breathing exercises will be slightly different.
To practise this breathing exercise, sit on a firm chair with your spine erect, yet relaxed, and your feet flat on the floor in front of you.
Breathing exercises for relief of stress and anxiety, for meditation, for healing, to clear the mind - even for weight loss - are a '90s health phenomenon.
Strategies include the Happy Self song and the Wiggle The Niggles dance in assemblies, Mindfulness And Breathing Exercises and the Gratitude Game, where children thank, not only others, but also themselves as a way of noticing all the good they do.
Practical breathing exercises, references to life experiences, prayer, fitness tips, and recovery applications are at the core of these pages.
Breathing exercises are a simple and effective way of reducing anxiety.
During work hours, the stress and health index will remind you to relax and revitalize your energy through guided breathing exercises.
If stress aggravates itching, try some deep breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques.
Dubai: A programme called Art Excel course featuring yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises has helped vulnerable children overcome their trauma and manage their emotions.
Bikram Yoga classes run for 90 minutes, made up of the same series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises.
The instrumental songs convey emotion from the highs and lows of Andrews' own life--the trials that he and his family braved to adopt an African orphan, his tribute to people who sacrifice and live selflessly, support for a family member grappling with mental illness, and the sustaining, life-affirming gifts that are meditations and breathing exercises.
Earlier this week, a friend emailed a YouTube link which focused on the benet of combining breathing exercises particular to Tai Chi with a technique for improving your golf swing.