To bring to bear steadily or forcefully
He pulled back, having to exert considerable force against her surprising strength.
In winter the varying depth of snow may exert an appreciable effect.
But he continued to exert all his powers to restrain his troops from attacking.
Thus although at a slow speed the engine can exert a tractive force of 18,600 lb, at 60 m.
The city councils pass local ordinances, vote appropriations, levy taxes and generally exert some control over appointments to administrative positions.