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Meaning of effort by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle French effort, from Old French esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier ( “to force, exert” ), from Vulgar Latin *exfortiare, from Latin ex + fortis ( “strong” )


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɛfət/, X-SAMPA: /"Ef@t/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈɛfɚt/, X-SAMPA: /"Ef@`t/


    effort ( plural: efforts )

    1. The amount of work involved in performing an activity; exertion .
      It took a lot of effort to find a decent-sized, fully-furnished apartment withing walking distance of the office .
    2. This word needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}} .
      He made a conscious effort to not appear affected by the stories in the paper .
    3. An endeavour .
      Although he didn't win any medals, Johnson's effort at the Olympics won over many fans .

    Usage notes

    • Adjectives often used with "effort": conscious, good, poor, etc .



Explanation of effort by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a notable achievement

    2. the book was her finest effort
    3. use of physical or mental energy

    4. he got an A for effort
    5. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

    6. made an effort to cover all the reading material
    7. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    8. contributed to the war effort

    Definition of effort by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Effort n. [F. effort, OF. esfort, for esfors, esforz, fr. esforcier. See Efforce.]
      1. An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle directed to the accomplishment of an object; as, “an effort to scale a wall”.

      We prize the stronger effort of his power. Pope.

      2. ( Mech. ) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion. Rankine.

      Syn. -- Endeavor; exertion; struggle; strain; straining; attempt; trial; essay. See Attempt.

    2. Effort, v. t. To stimulate. [Obs.] “He efforted his spirits.” Fuller.