What does effort mean?

Definitions for effort
ˈɛf ərtef·fort

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word effort.

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: From effort, from esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier, from *exfortiare, from ex + fortis

  2. effort(Noun)

    An endeavour.

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

    Etymology: From effort, from esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier, from *exfortiare, from ex + fortis

  3. effort(Verb)

    To make an effort.

    Etymology: From effort, from esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier, from *exfortiare, from ex + fortis

  4. effort(Verb)

    To stimulate.

    He efforted his spirits. uE000127628uE001 Fuller.

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Effort

    ef′fort, n. a putting forth of strength: attempt: struggle.—adj. Ef′fortless, making no effort: passive. [Fr.,—L. ex, out, fortis, strong.]

Editors Contribution

  1. effort

    To use energy for a specific purpose.

    She always made a fantastic effort and focused, she was always achieving remarkable things and always acknowledged the team who supported her.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

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

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How to say effort in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effort in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effort in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of effort in a Sentence

  1. Ansel Adams:

    I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.

  2. Richard Barrett:

    Despite sustained international effort to contain the Islamic State and stem the flow of militants traveling to Syria, the number of foreign fighters has more than doubled.

  3. Greg Walden:

    What we want to make sure is we don't create any gaps here, our best effort is what you see before us.

  4. Emmanuel Jengo:

    Our members do not employ children in mining operations. We support every effort that is directed towards correcting this misfortune and tribulation which is threatening the future of these children.

  5. Brett Kavanaugh:

    It may not be our job to impose sanctions on him, but it is our job to make his pattern of revolting behavior clear — piece by painful piece. Aren’t we failing to fulfill our duty to the American people if we willingly ‘conspire’ with the president in an effort to conceal the true nature of his acts?

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