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What does 'to exercise caution' mean? It appears as an example for the definition of 'caution' in the Cambridge Dictionary: "We need to proceed with/exercise caution." I understand what 'to proceed with caution' means, but 'to exercise' sounds a little bit strange. Thank you in advance!
Mar 30, 2020 4:40 PM
Answers · 2
It just means to “use” caution. It is a very common way of expressing the idea “be careful.”
March 30, 2020
Hey Bianca, the word "exercise" can be used in a few other sentences as well. We might say "he/she exercised restraint" "learn to exercise patience" etc. In most cases you can replace it with "use". Exercise is a little more formal but is used often enough in educated conversation that it would sound natural in the right place. If I were warning a child, I would just say "be careful", a friend or family member "be careful" or "stay safe", but if I were warning my university professor, then I would bring out "exercise caution!" Hope that helps, J
March 30, 2020
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