Definitions for effortˈɛf ərt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ef•fort*ˈɛf ərt(n.)

  1. exertion of physical or mental power.

  2. an earnest or strenuous attempt.

  3. something done by exertion or hard work.

  4. an achievement, as in literature or art:

    The painting is one of her finest efforts.

  5. action undertaken by a group for a specified purpose:

    the war effort.

  6. the force or energy that is applied to a machine for the accomplishment of useful work.

    Category: Mechanics

* Syn: effort , application , endeavor , exertion imply energetic activity and expenditure of energy. effort is an expenditure of physical or mental energy to accomplish some objective: He made an effort to control himself. application is continuous effort plus careful attention and diligence: application to one's studies. endeavor means a continued and sustained series of efforts to achieve some end, often worthy and difficult: an endeavor to rescue survivors. exertion is vigorous action or effort, frequently without an end in view: out of breath from exertion.

Origin of effort:

1480–90; < MF; OF esfort, esforz, der. of esforcier to force (es-ex -1+forcier to force )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try(noun)

    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

    "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"

  2. effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat(noun)

    use of physical or mental energy; hard work

    "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"

  3. feat, effort, exploit(noun)

    a notable achievement

    "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort"

  4. campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort(noun)

    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. effort(noun)ˈɛf ərt

    an attempt to do sth

    She made an effort to look nice.; an effort to sell the house quickly

  2. effortˈɛf ərt

    the energy needed or used to do sth

    Many people think it is too much effort to live a greener lifestyle.; It took a lot of effort for him to explain.


  1. effort(Noun)

    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. effort(Noun)

    An endeavour.

    Although he didn't win any medals, Johnson's effort at the Olympics won over many fans.

  3. effort(Verb)

    To make an effort.

  4. effort(Verb)

    To stimulate.

    He efforted his spirits. uE000127628uE001 Fuller.

  5. Origin: From effort, from esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier, from *exfortiare, from ex + fortis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effort(noun)

    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

  2. Effort(noun)

    a force acting on a body in the direction of its motion

  3. Effort(verb)

    to stimulate

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effort' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1327

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effort' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1840

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'effort' in Nouns Frequency: #320

Translations for effort

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


hard work; energy

Learning a foreign language requires effort; The effort of climbing the hill made the old man very tired.

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